Can you imagine having to type up a 20-page paper and, in order to rearrange sections of text, having to actually take a pair of scissors and a bottle of glue and manually cut and paste your document together?

Before personal computers, typewriters were used to type up letters, finish last-minute assignments, and put together the great novels of the 20th century. So, in honor of all those students and profs, writers and editors, who spent long hours re-working their writings, we’ve titled this typewriter-centric episode Cut & Paste.

 

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The entirety of  “Stenographers” by P.K. Page, for your reading pleasure: http://jbohrn.augustpoetry.org/classic_poetry/Page.htm

Ernest Hemingway once won a bet that he could write a moving story in six words. He won with this:

“For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”

Send us a six-word story of your own – post on hardcoverradio.com

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Have a favourite film or TV scene involving a typewriter? Tweet it to us @hardcoverradio

Kids are introduced to typewriters. One tries to feed paper in through the side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfxRfkZdiAQ

 

If you’re in the Oregon area, you may want to stop by their typewriter exhibit: http://atelier6000.org/exhibits-and-events/the-typewriter-returns/

These Hemingwrite typewriters look pretty cool! Check out their website: https://hemingwrite.com/

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Contribute to a writing site inspired by The Infinite Monkey Theorem: http://www.shakespearean-monkeys.com/

 

Jack Kerouac at his typewriter:

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From the Museum of Obsolete Objectshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF1PWl2jJfQ

 

Political use of typewriters: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2701392/Typewriter-sales-boom-Germany-thousands-basics-bid-avoid-U-S-spies-wake-NSA-allegations.html

 

Some of the many variations of typewriter: http://io9.com/the-curious-evolution-of-the-typewriter-in-pictures-509985235


Looking for a typewriter repair shop in the Detroit area? http://www.yellowpages.com/pontiac-mi/mip/typewritter-man-8879043?lid=8879043

 

Famous authors and their typewriters: http://mytypewriter.com/authors/index.html

 

Typewriter art: http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/23/typewriter-art-laurence-king/

21st Century documentary on the typewriter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5XKQ8gZnXk