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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
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1 posted on 09/10/2004 3:54:18 PM PDT by TC Rider
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To: TC Rider
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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To: jq2
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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To: randog
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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To: Slings and Arrows
Someone had to remind another FReeper upon seeing the thread about Killian's '72 e-mail indictment of Bush that e-mail technology did not exist in 1972 and then proceeded to cite all the technology that did exist in that era.

Kinda sad, isn't it?

21 posted on 09/10/2004 4:07:06 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: TC Rider
Almost forgot....

lol!!

22 posted on 09/10/2004 4:07:46 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: TC Rider

I actually saw one of those in use back in the 60s. LA Times, I think. It has pots of molten lead alloy in the back. Take a deep breath...


23 posted on 09/10/2004 4:08:45 PM PDT by snopercod (Edwards is right: There ARE two Americas. One pays taxes and the other doesn't.)
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To: TC Rider

This machine looks like you could not only typeset with it but knit sweaters simultaneously.


24 posted on 09/10/2004 4:12:17 PM PDT by geros
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To: randog

Our local paper in 1949 had two of these machines and it was my fond memory of watching in awe the Linotype operator. I dreaded taking in edited corrections to him since a lot of manual moving was needed of the lead blocks of type to get the error out - especially if it was at the bottom of the column. But he was very patient and paid by the hour.</p>


25 posted on 09/10/2004 4:14:33 PM PDT by drdemars (Each moment I think a healthy life)
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To: TC Rider

Was that the one that only worked if you spoke directly into the mouse?


26 posted on 09/10/2004 4:19:18 PM PDT by MainFrame65
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To: TC Rider

QWERTY

:))


27 posted on 09/10/2004 4:20:42 PM PDT by Calpernia ("People never like what they don't understand")
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To: TC Rider

Looks like a Swedish marital aid to me.


28 posted on 09/10/2004 4:21:08 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: TC Rider

No doubt that this was found in Rove's basement;) Send it to CBS. They will run with it.


29 posted on 09/10/2004 4:21:45 PM PDT by etradervic (Kerry is a Left-Wing Dinosaur)
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To: drdemars

I have watched, awestruck, as comps who didn't speak English, put together letter-perfect newspaper stories on Linotypes. They didn't understand a word they were typing on these hot-metal monsters. I'm revealing my age with these memories, by the way.


30 posted on 09/10/2004 4:22:30 PM PDT by Kiss Me Hardy
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To: TC Rider

I love how you caught him right in the act of writing the memo. You should use color film next time.


31 posted on 09/10/2004 4:22:33 PM PDT by tiki (Win one against the Flipper)
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To: TC Rider

Does it do kearning? Serious question.


32 posted on 09/10/2004 4:23:55 PM PDT by dennisw (Allah FUBAR!)
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To: dennisw

No. If you wanted to kern, the best you could do was shave the end of the slug


33 posted on 09/10/2004 4:24:32 PM PDT by Kiss Me Hardy
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To: TC Rider

ROFL


34 posted on 09/10/2004 4:24:36 PM PDT by PianoMan (And now back to practicing)
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To: gilliam

That is quite a machine. One problem is the lead pot, and the other is the star wheel. The fonts are machined out of solid brass. Very fast, too, faster than qwerty typewriters.


35 posted on 09/10/2004 4:25:58 PM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and establish property rights)
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To: TC Rider
Sure, but can you take it into a foxhole?

-PJ

36 posted on 09/10/2004 4:26:15 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: dennisw

Actually, you could also alter the spaces between words, but not the characters relationship to each other. Rubber type changed everything, including the ability of bolshie printers to deliberately drop the type-packed forms on the floor just before edition time.


37 posted on 09/10/2004 4:26:31 PM PDT by Kiss Me Hardy
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To: TC Rider

That looks like that machine from "Barbella," you know, the orgasmatron or whatever it was called....


38 posted on 09/10/2004 4:30:42 PM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: TC Rider
The reason this was called a linotype machine was because it produced one line of type at a time in the form a thin slab of lead with the lettering on the edge. The line was justified to fit in the column by physically squeezing the slab of type in a press.

The machine did not create a document. After the set type was laid up on a frame, proofs were drawn by inking the type and rolling paper over it.
39 posted on 09/10/2004 4:31:30 PM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: KellyAdmirer

"orgasmatron "

We are all too old ...


40 posted on 09/10/2004 4:32:13 PM PDT by gilliam
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41 posted on 09/10/2004 4:33:21 PM PDT by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Do NOT buy from junk email.)
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To: TC Rider

LOL!

I had one of those SCM Electrics in high school ('67). Dimmed the entire neighborhood's lights when I fired it up to do an assignment paper.

Warm fuzzies...


42 posted on 09/10/2004 4:35:23 PM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm (• Veni • Vidi • Vino • Visa • "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: TC Rider

lol


43 posted on 09/10/2004 4:41:59 PM PDT by miltonim (Fight those who do not believe in Allah. - Koran, Surah IX: 29)
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To: gilliam
"orgasmatron"

IIRC the Orgasmatron was from the Woody Allen film, "Sleeper". The prop in the film was actually a dysfunctional elevator in the futuristic home near Evergreen Colorado used as the movie set.

See, I know as much about orgasmatrons as I do about linotypes.
44 posted on 09/10/2004 4:42:06 PM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: MainFrame65
Was that the one that only worked if you spoke directly into the mouse?

That was the movie, "The Voyage Home". The one I referred to was the Original Series, "Assignment Earth".

45 posted on 09/10/2004 4:43:49 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: TC Rider
Hot Metal, Baby!!
46 posted on 09/10/2004 4:44:02 PM PDT by haywoodwebb (American, Christian, Conservative, Negro . . . A return to td$‚„arty of Lincoln)
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To: dennisw
Does it do kearning? Serious question.

No, not really on the early machines which made slugs with vertical sides. Later models?

47 posted on 09/10/2004 4:46:10 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: TC Rider
And here's an actual photo of Lt. Col. Killian using a similar machine...


48 posted on 09/10/2004 4:49:55 PM PDT by Redcloak (This is my most clever tag line ever!)
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To: Dan Evans

Did you know the Linotype produced the Times New Roman font? Actually did it for the New York Times!

see:
http://www.truetype.demon.co.uk/articles/times.htm



49 posted on 09/10/2004 4:55:07 PM PDT by gilliam
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To: TC Rider
Of course it has 80 keys on the keyboard and foot peddles.

I worked on one of these babies all through HS ... also had a lever you worked with your knee.

Centering like in that one memo could earn you a squirt!

50 posted on 09/10/2004 4:56:27 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.)
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