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Just Found: Lt. Col. Jerry Killian's Typewriter
The Modern Encyclopaedia for Children ^ | 09/10/2004 | TC Rider

Posted on 09/10/2004 3:54:17 PM PDT by TC Rider

Here it is folks, it will do proportional type, variable line spacing, funky little superscripts and it was widely available since 1886. Of course it has 80 keys on the keyboard and foot peddles. Here we see Killian dashing off a shopping list for his wife.

I guess we should just give up now and admit Dan was right.


TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: killian
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1 posted on 09/10/2004 3:54:18 PM PDT by TC Rider
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That's a Linotype machine. It was still in use in 1972, but it wouldn't have produced the results we see on the memos, and it would not be used for an office memo (it produced led type for a printing press)
2 posted on 09/10/2004 3:56:49 PM PDT by gilliam
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To: TC Rider

hehehehehehehehehe :) :) :)


3 posted on 09/10/2004 3:57:14 PM PDT by HawkeyeLonewolf (Christian First, American Second (Conservative Anti-Smoker))
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To: TC Rider

Freepers have such a sense of Humor... :-)


4 posted on 09/10/2004 3:57:19 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776 ((John Kerry is now in full retreat))
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To: TC Rider

That thing looks like if your necktie got caught in the gears, it would tear you limb from limb.

If George Bush had the courage to go to work with one of those around he more than proved himself. :p


5 posted on 09/10/2004 3:57:23 PM PDT by boofus
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To: TC Rider
Can you send that to the Demoncratic Underground? It might be funny to see them bite the hook all over again.
6 posted on 09/10/2004 3:57:34 PM PDT by Mark in the Old South
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To: gilliam

The guy's wife said he didn't know how to type! Shouldn't that settle it?


7 posted on 09/10/2004 3:57:50 PM PDT by John Thornton
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To: gilliam

But, But it could of!


8 posted on 09/10/2004 3:58:16 PM PDT by rocksblues (Ah! The smell of toast on a November morning.)
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To: TC Rider

You can't fool me, that's what JohnHuang2's father used to post on Freerepublic back in the 40's. ;)


9 posted on 09/10/2004 3:58:45 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Post #47: Note to Big Brother... the Memory Hole is Officialy CLOSED!)
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To: gilliam
That's a Linotype machine.

Sure it is.

This is a humor post.

It probably could have produced a printing plate to match the memo pretty closely, and no, outside outside of newspapers, magazines and print shops it was not widely available.

10 posted on 09/10/2004 3:59:00 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: boofus
That thing looks like if your necktie got caught in the gears, it would tear you limb from limb.

Isn't that how Al Gore earned his Purple Heart?

11 posted on 09/10/2004 3:59:00 PM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: John Thornton

It doesn't matter - it came with speach recognition.


12 posted on 09/10/2004 3:59:15 PM PDT by jq2
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To: gilliam

Was it really necessary to label this as humor?


13 posted on 09/10/2004 3:59:20 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: TC Rider
Oh!

A Russian lap top model!


I thought you were going to show a "Woodstock" model, like the one used to type the "Pumpkin Papers".
14 posted on 09/10/2004 4:00:32 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (Kerry broke the faith, pure and simple.)
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To: boofus
That thing looks like if your necktie got caught in the gears, it would tear you limb from limb.

Not to mention that it used molten lead to cast type on the spot.

Oddly enough, it had no relation to a typewriter keyboard. An old girlfriends Daddy set type for the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, one of the first to switch to electronic type in the early 70s. He lost his job, he couldn't make the switch to a typewriter keyboard.

15 posted on 09/10/2004 4:01:27 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Was it really necessary to label this as humor?

Evidently so.

16 posted on 09/10/2004 4:01:43 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I was born in 1973 and I don't remember at the time seeing that specific machine at the military base when the letter was written.


17 posted on 09/10/2004 4:02:23 PM PDT by jq2
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It doesn't matter - it came with speach recognition.

No, that was a Beta 5 computer used on Star Trek in the episode with Gary Seven in '69. It used proportional type, but could not do superscripting.

18 posted on 09/10/2004 4:02:54 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: TC Rider

Did 'ol lady Killian find it in the attic?


19 posted on 09/10/2004 4:02:54 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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Did 'ol lady Killian find it in the attic?

No, Texas Freepers had converted it to cast 230gr round nose bullets for their 1911s in 1983.

20 posted on 09/10/2004 4:05:00 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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