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    Ooh, I love the clicky old typewriters! I too, took typing in High School, and vividly remember having to type out long reports on those darn things! Mom bought an electric one that you could go back somehow and correct a mistake, which was wonderful at the time.

    My son is almost 14, and now they give the kids "keyboarding" class when they're 10~12, he types faster than me.

    I have some friends in their 40's (my generation...) who never took typing class, and now that everything is done on a computer, they're screwed, using two fingers to type.... ha!

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    I also took typing in 9th grade with an electric typewriter. Our college prep school made it a mandatory class, the more swiftly to type the shitload of papers we'd be assigned, so we'd be better prepared for college, etc. In typical 14-year-old fashion, we all thought it was dumb that it was mandatory but it actually came in quite handy.

    And our typing teacher was a mean, nazi-like biddy too. What's up with that? It's almost like a requirement for typing teachers.

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    I typed up most of my student essays and notes on a trusty IBM golfball typewriter which was considered very swish. I loved that old machine.

    Fast foward a few centuries and someone dropped one off at my kids' school for the Grade 3's to look at. Needless to say none of them really had a clue what it was but guess it was some kind of "really old computer" LOL. When I showed them how to put in a piece of paper and type words directly onto it they were absolutely fascinated and played with it for HOURS. Simple pleasures.

    Useless fact: The reason the so-called QWERTY keyboard is designed that way is actually to slow down typing speed because the old manual typewriters used to jam if you typed too fast.
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    Took typing in high school. My first and only F. Got caught "cheating" on a speed test. I looked at my hands. Was sent by the spinster teacher to the principal's office to explain my crime. He fixed the grade for me.

    Saw him a few years ago and he admitted that the typing teacher desperately needed laid.

    Worst class ever. She would turn the lights out and have a flashlight on the keyboard chart.

    Having flashbacks of typing aaaa ssss dddd ffff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    She would turn the lights out and have a flashlight on the keyboard chart.
    Oh yeah, mine used that torture as well!

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    I'm pretty sure that somewhere, typing teachers and catholic school nuns gather to drink, laugh and share torture techniques.

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    I used a typerwriter at my mother's old work when I was a kid. If I had to guess I was about 8 or so. I helped type stuff for her when I would go with her to work.

    We never had a typewriter at home though and we got a computer when I was around 12. It was an IBM and a big deal because computers weren't in a lot of homes until I was in almost high school.

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    My mom had one of these in her office and I would play around on it



    I learned to type on old computers.. probably circa mid 90s.. and that was weird enough, I can't imagine learning to type on something you have to continually feed ink ribbons and stuff into. I do recall finding a really old one in my great-grandma's attic.. but this was a really old one, circa the turn of the century. I wonder where it ended up.

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    I did a typing and, gasp, Pitman shorthand course once. You younglings probably don't even know what shorthand is [mumble, mumble]. It's very useful for jotting down stuff you don't want other people to understand (unless they know shorthand too). I doubt I could take proper dictation these days as I'm very rusty but it's one of those skillz you never know might come in handy. Like using a telex machine (huh?) which I also know how to use AND I can splice the tickertape too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    Took typing in high school. My first and only F. Got caught "cheating" on a speed test. I looked at my hands. Was sent by the spinster teacher to the principal's office to explain my crime. He fixed the grade for me.

    Saw him a few years ago and he admitted that the typing teacher desperately needed laid.

    Worst class ever. She would turn the lights out and have a flashlight on the keyboard chart.

    Having flashbacks of typing aaaa ssss dddd ffff.
    Oh man!! I used to get called out for the 'looking at the hands' bullshit too!! Dammit!! And look at us now! Drunk, looking at our hands idiots! ALL GOOD!

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    We sold our house in 2001 and had to pare down our stuff severely. I had a beautiful IBM Selectric with all the bells and whistles. It had a cast iron casing and weighed, I'd say, about 60 lbs. A beast, but a beauty, the highest end typewriter of its time with the whirling lettered type ball.

    I called the Salvation Army to come pick up about an acre of possessions we were parting with in the move. When the guy came he refused to take the Selectric away. I couldn't believe my ears. He said that the Salvation Army would never get rid of the thing and he wasn't taking it.

    I ended up putting my beautiful typewriter in the trash can. My feelings are still hurt.

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    ^^ And to think I expected to get actual money for mine. I guess you can't even give them away, haha.
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    I learned to type in 9th grade. Typing class. Our teacher would make us place our hands on the keys and she would tape a piece of paper on the typewriter and it would cover our hands....

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    i was taught to type in middle school and we used typewriters for that. manual, not even electric. this was at a private, catholic school though. they probably thought computers were evil and sometimes i wonder if they ever did get around to buying any.
    damn, i was glad when i went back to the public system in 10th grade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ang View Post
    i still can perfectly remember the exact smell that thing had, the quiet hum it made when turned on, the 'DING!' it made when the carriage returned & sounds of the keys striking.
    WOW, your post just took me back. I forgot about that smell.... and the sound... but I know exactly what you mean.

    I had typing my junior year in HS & learned on one very similar to Chalet's third picture. It was soooooo loud in there during the timed tests! My heart would race. I always competed with the girl next to me, and even though my fastest speed was 98 wpm, I only beat her once out of at least 25 times. She had long fingers and they just FLEW.

    Think of the pressure that secretaries were under, back in the day. Women sitting there with their little dresses & hosiery, typing things up for men in business suits. And if you made a mistake, it was a BIG FREAKING DEAL because none of the correction techniques were very good. White out, erasable bond paper, self-correcting typewriters, all had their issues. And if the boss man was waiting on you, you had to type fast & accurately. None of this backspacing to fix words before you print.
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