“The last typewriter repair shop standing”… I think not!


There are tons of typewriter repair shops popping up all over the world! Do you need to find one? Just let us know what city your located in and we will gladly point you towards the nearest typewriter repair man! This news clip is a bit outdated but offers a glimpse into the world of typewriter repair shops. Sometimes if your missing a typewriter key you can email, call, or TYPE a letter to a nearby shop and inquire about the missing part. They might agree to mail you exactly what you need!

Or I could; If I have a parts machine that matches your model typewriter I’d be happy to help fix your vintage typewriter. I hate missing a key on an otherwise beautiful working machine as much as anyone!

Where is Jack Kerouac’s Typewriter? One of them at least.

Interested in knowing more about Jack Kerouac’s typewriter? Here is his Underwood Portable Typewriter from the early 1930′s safely in the hands of the National Park Service. Below is the information from their collection, I believe it might be an F-Model. This is not the one that he wrote “On the Road” with; he actually wrote it while staying with Neal and Carolyn Cassidy on their typewriter! So go borrow a typewriter and make it famous already!
Kerouac's Typewriter
Catalog Number: LOWE 1106
Classification: HISTORY
Material: STEEL
Eminent Figure: KEROUAC, JACK
Place of Manufacture: USA
Manufacture Date: 1931-1935
Dimensions: H 14.3, W 31, D 29 CM


Portable manual typewriter. Black painted steel case over steel frame and mechanism. Front panel marked “Underwood. Product of Underwood Elliott Fisher Co. MADE IN U.S.A.” Owned by Jack Kerouac and presumably the one on which he typed the manuscripts for many of his early published works. H 5 5/8″, W 12″, D 11 1/4″.


1944 US Navy Typewriter Training Video – Techniques from a Master Typist


“The typewriter has greatly influenced the business  commercial and economic progress of the nations today…” Typewriter Training “Basic Typing I: Methods” pt1-2 1944 US Navy Training Film is a very informative film for its time! The best way to do anything is to pattern yourself after an expert. Wait till you master the correct typing techniques. “How to type is more important than what to type.” I disagree! Ms. Lenore Fenton, a winner of many typing awards. Anyways, check her out; she can type, thats for sure. Don’t be a one finger typist! She covers proper typing posture, typewriter position, chair and desk height in much detail. There is something comforting about her style of instruction… maybe it’s just the nostalgia of the digitized film footage. Go be a better typist.
—– Description from video below —–
“Demonstrates correct posture for typing; proper fingering of the keys; use of the shift key, back spacer, tabulator, carriage return lever, etc.; and differences between manual and electric typewriters.” Opens with a display of historic typewriters from the Smithsonian, including the 1829 Burt Typographer, the Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer made by Remington in 1873, and the first Corona portable.

US Navy Training Film MN-1512a

Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archive, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and equalization.

Split with MKVmerge GUI (part of MKVToolNix), the same software can recombine the downloaded parts (in mp4 format):http://www.bunkus.org/videotools/mkvt…

part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVBoBJ…


…The basic technique stands in contrast to hunt and peck typing as the typist keeps their eyes on the source copy at all times. Touch typing also involves the use of the home row method, where typists keep their wrists up, rather than resting them on a desk or keyboard as this can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. To avoid this, typists using this method should sit up tall leaning slightly forward from the waist, place their feet flat on the floor in front of them with one foot slightly in front of the other, keeping their elbows close to their sides with forearms slanted slightly upward to the keyboard, fingers should be curved slightly resting on the home row…

The fastest typing speed ever, 216 words per minute, was achieved by Stella Pajunas-Garnand from Chicago in 1946 in one minute on an IBM electric. As of 2005, writer Barbara Blackburn was the fastest English language typist in the world, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Using the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, she has maintained 150 wpm for 50 minutes, and 170 wpm for shorter periods. She has been clocked at a peak speed of 212 wpm. Blackburn, who failed her QWERTY typing class in high school, first encountered the Dvorak keyboard in 1938, quickly learned to achieve very high speeds, and occasionally toured giving speed-typing demonstrations during her secretarial career…


…In 1714, Henry Mill obtained a patent in Britain for a machine that, from the patent, appears to have been similar to a typewriter. The patent shows that this machine was actually created..

Italian Pellegrino Turri invented a typewriter in 1808. He also invented carbon paper to provide the ink for his machine. Many early machines, including Turri’s, were developed to enable the blind to write.

In 1829, William Austin Burt patented a machine called the “Typographer” which, in common with many other early machines, is listed as the “first typewriter”. The Science Museum (London) describes it merely as “the first writing mechanism whose invention was documented,” but even that claim may be excessive, since Turri’s invention pre-dates it. Even in the hands of its inventor, this machine was slower than handwriting…

By the mid-19th century, the increasing pace of business communication had created a need for mechanization of the writing process. Stenographers and telegraphers could take down information at rates up to 130 words per minute, whereas a writer with a pen was limited to a maximum of 30 words per minute (the 1853 speed record).

From 1829 to 1870, many printing or typing machines were patented by inventors in Europe and America, but none went into commercial production…

The first typewriter to be commercially successful was invented in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule in Milwaukee, Wisconsin… The working prototype was made by the machinist Matthias Schwalbach. The patent (US 79,265) was sold for $12,000 to Densmore and Yost, who made an agreement with E. Remington and Sons (then famous as a manufacturer of sewing machines) to commercialize the machine as the Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer. This was the origin of the term typewriter. Remington began production of its first typewriter on March 1, 1873, in Ilion, New York. It had a QWERTY keyboard layout, which because of the machine’s success, was slowly adopted by other typewriter manufacturers…

Because the type bars of this typewriter strike upwards, the typist could not have seen characters as they were typed… The difficulty with any other arrangement was ensuring the type bars fell back into place reliably when the key was released. This was eventually achieved with various ingenious mechanical designs and so-called “visible typewriters”, such as the Oliver, were introduced in 1895. The older style continued in production to as late as 1915…”

Great to see typewriter repairman jobs out there!

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Posted: 2013-02-15, 1:26PM EST

Typewriter Repairman Needed (TriBeCa)

We are looking for a skilled typewriter repair person with experience working on manual typewriters. Flexible scheduling, reasonable pay. Contact Mike at (212)-933-4602, to begin immediately.
  • Compensation: TBD
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Posting ID: 3619394646

Posted: 2013-02-15, 1:26PM EST

Edited: 2013-02-15, 1:27PM EST

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Too bad I don’t live in NY or I’d apply!