Although I’m a hardened Blackberry/laptop user, I’ve been hankering for the days of old when I used a typewriter. One of my favourites was the IBM “golf ball” or the Selectric http://www-07.ibm.com/au/70years/more_detail/1962.html Released in the 1960s and still used in my school in the 1980s, it was a clunky electric typewriter with a dome-like font ball that spun around when you hit the typewriter keys. It was my first real introduction to fonts as you could interchange the “golf ball” mid-document and use a different font.

From a design perspective, I covet the 1960s red Olivetti Valentine typewriter. Not only for its sleek design with handy carry case but when you typed on it you had to practically smack the letters to get the keys to lift up and tap the paper – you really felt like you were typing.

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