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and other resources
The Five Pound Secretary / Sexy Legs and Typewriters,
both by Paul Robert, with co-author Rob Blickensderfer for The
Five Pound Secretary. The Five Pound Secretary
tells the story
of an American inventor, George Canfield Blickensderfer, his
dreams and the harsh reality. It is based on original research
and contemporary source material.
and Typewriters depicts pretty women and typewriters as
they appeared together in vintage advertising; humorous photo
series and postcards; glamour photos; and erotica. This richly
illustrated book covers all these areas, from the first woman
to appear in a typewriter ad to a large collection of nudes
from all ages, 112 pages with 150 photos. ISBN:
90-74999-06-9. Price: 20 Euros ea. Contact: Paul
Antique Office Machines, Office Collectibles and
Mechanical Typewriters, three books by author Thomas Russo
and published by Schiffer Books. This series of books
cover just about all aspects of office collectibles from
office advertising memorabilia through mechanical office machines.
Well illustrated and documented. Priced between $39 -
The Typewriter, An Illustrated History
by Dover Publications, Mineola, NY 11501, Published in 2000.
This is a reprint of the original 1923 Typewriter Topics - History
of the Typewriter, on the fiftieth anniversary of the
invention of the typewriter. Approximately 115 pages filled with
history, advertising and images of historic typewriters.
A first hand recollection of what the 1920s typewriter industry
recalled about its early days. A Great Book!
Priced at about $15.
Antique Typewriters & Office Collectibles
by Darryl Rehr, 1997. Includes typewriters, adding
machines, check writers, ribbon tins and other office collectibles.
Photos, some history and a general flavor for the hobby of collecting this sort of memorabilia.
Available on-line and in most book stores at a cost of about
Antique Typewriters, From Creed to QWERTY by
Michael H. Adler, 1997. Michael Adler's second effort at
writing the history of the typewriter. Includes many
photos, some in color and additional history not included in
his first effort on the subject. Retail price is about $59
and is available at most book stores.
American Typewriters - A Collectors Encyclopedia
by Paul Lippman, 1992. Mr. Lippman compiled a wealth of information between the covers of this book. Contains
illustrations of most early American typewriters and represents a lifetime of collecting
knowledge and information.
One of my personal favorites. Unfortunately, it's no longer available through normal distribution channels.
Look for it where you'll find used books.
The Typewriter Legend edited by Frank T. Masi, a
1985 promotional publication published by Matsushita Electric Corp. of America, otherwise known as
Panasonic, when they were in the business of manufacturing typewriters and sought to establish
themselves as a force in the typewriter industry. This book contains
124 pages and 116 photographs including
many typewriter rarities. Try Panasonic Industrial Company in Secaucus, NJ. - ISBN 0-9614386-0-6
Century of the Typewriter by Wilfred A. Beeching,
1974. The author states in the preface, "After much
sifting and sorting, I was able to produce this book, a comprehensive
history of typewriters...It can be read as a story from cover to cover, or used for reference
This book is loaded with photographs. SBN 434 90120 2 .
The Wonderful Writing Machine by Bruce Bliven, Jr.,
1954. A classic from the early days of typewriter collecting. It's out of print,
but worth taking the
trouble to find. Check your local library for this one.
Old Typewriters by Duncan James, Shire Publications
No. 293, part of a series on antiques & collecting. Old
Typewriters covers the history and evolution of the typewriter with many
photos and illustrations from European typewriter collections.
Contact: Shire Publications Ltd, Cromwell House, Church
Street, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 9AJ, UK
The Carl P. Dietz Collection Of Typewriters by
George Herrl, Publications In History No.7, Published by the
Board of Trustees, Milwaukee Public Museum in 1965. This publication
contains one hundred pages of photographs of the Dietz Collection of typewriters
which was assembled in the 1930's
and includes many typewriter rarities seen nowhere else. Supplies of this book are no longer
Woman's Place Is at the Typewriter by Margery W.
Davies, 1982. Woman's Place explores office work and office workers from 1870 -
1930, the period which saw both
woman and typewriters enter the office. Temple University Press ISBN 0-87722-368-8
The Writing Machine - A History of the Typewriter
by Michael H. Adler, 1973. This book represents a remarkable effort to document
every early typewriter that ever
existed. Out of print but your local library should have a copy of this
Antique Check Writers: - A Collector's Guide From A
to Z by Michael A. Brown, 1999. This previously undocumented field has
long been in need of this type of book
and I can think of no one better than Mike to put it together.
It is chock full of photographs, patent drawings, dates,
biographies of inventors and much more (including price
ranges)! This is a completely original, comprehensive research
new to the field of office machine collecting. Contact: Michael A. Brown, PO Box 52607, Philadelphia, PA 19115.
215-934-7998. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The History of The Typewriter in the United States From
1933 Through 1977 by Ed Quiring, 1979. This book concentrates mainly
on typewriters manufactured
during the period specified in its title but also includes a chronological listing and compilation of
early typewriters prior to 1933. This manuscript was originally
submitted as Mr. Quiring's doctoral dissertation and is one of
the lesser known typewriter resource books. The reproduction of
photographs in my copy is poor but the book
itself contains an abundance of typewriter information. It can be obtained from
University Microfilms International,
300 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Telephone (800) 521-0600 or (313) 761-4700. I believe the
publication is #8011576.
Links to other worthwhile typewriter and
office related resources:
Additions are always being made to this site, so
please check in often. If you would like to have a website linked here, please
contact me at the email address below.
The Underwood Site Click
here for everything you always wanted to
know about this immortal classic.
Alpha National's Home
Page exclusively devoted to Selectric &
Wheelwriter Typewriters... and more!
Alex Knight's Calculator
History & Technology Museum Web Page the
history of calculators and lots of photos!
Ben Batchelor's History
of the IBM Typewriter to experience the
colorful history of IBM typewriters.
Bob Moran's Down
Under Connection The Antique Typewriter, from
Charles Gu's MyTypewriter.com
an online store dedicated to the appreciation and sale of typewriters & related items.
Curt Scaglione's Hudson
Typewriter Exchange where, "the store is
open"...but nothing is for sale!
Darryl Rehr's All
About Antique Typewriters Home Page
Ernie Jorgenson's Office
Machine Americana The place to buy
hard-to-find Office Machine Publications!
Fritz Neiman's Galerie
Alte Technik a German typewriter enthusiast's web
Herman Price's Price-less
Antique Typewriters great photos of
unusual items from the collection of Herman Price.
Janet M Ridings Lady
Typewriter... Home Page
Jack Tanner's The
Tanner Page: and his interpretation
of what old typewriters are all about.
Typewriter Museum... Home Page
Les Owen's Landbee
Collection Selling and displaying collectible
typewriters and other items on the Web!
Mike Brown's Typewriter
Exchange the quarterly newsletter for typewriter
Mike Campbell's Antique
Typewriter Web Site and explore Mike's typewriter
Paul Robert's Virtual
Typewriter Museum and explore Paul's world
of collectible typewriters.
Typewriter Page check out his Incredible
Flying Oliver and other great typewriter delicacies!
Shannon L. Johnson's Typewriter
Collection special attention paid to Corona and
Oliver typewriter companies.
Will Davis' Typewriter
Collecting site focuses on twentieth century
portables that most collectors haven't caught on to...
This site was created on May 15, 1996.