This is Junior. Wouldn’t you like to type on Junior?
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Take a look at the smallest typewriter ever made. Called the Junior, this one is from 1907 and although I can’t imagine trying to fit my hands on that keyboard and still generate the force needed to operate a typewriter, I guess it still works. As much as I might not want to operate it, I do kinda want to give it a hug.
I know someone who has a typewriter collection. By this I don’t mean he has a couple typewriters. He has lots of typewriters. And he has amazing typewriters. And he displays them. And they are indeed wonderful. They are purely mechanical and as far as I can tell they all still work, with some being over 100 years old.
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Lots of people these days are creating steampunk artifacts – things that look like they are old-timey. Lots of brass and switches and cogs. That’s all well and good, but this is the original steampunk. I love all the intricate metal parts. The spools and reels and keys and whatever else these things are. I don’t know more than what he’s told me and what is written about each. I know that this one is a Royal Standard typewriter from 1906. I know it has some wickedly cool keys with apothecary symbols on them. I don’t know much else, but it doesn’t take much for me to appreciate it. I just love the rows and rows of metal keys.
I hope you like it too, because I’ve got some more pictures, coming up soon.