Montag, 24. September 2012


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Bill M hat gesagt…

Some IBM machines used a 9/16 inch 14mm ribbon I think. Mostly it is spool diameters and center pin diameters and whether or not the ribbon uses an eyelet for reversing. None are as daunting of a problem as the proprietary things that started with electrics. Now we have digital junk.

Richard P hat gesagt…

Interesting point, it had not occurred to me.

Dwayne F. hat gesagt…

The irony is that you typed this on the one brand of machine that won't take a universal ribbon spool ;-)

Miguel Ángel Chávez Silva hat gesagt…

This is an example of the so-called "planned obsolescence", I think. I still prefer the "unplanned obsolescence"; just changed ribbons to my 1923 Underwood 3 bank and a 1928 Remington portable, using cotton ribbons still easily found in the local office supplies store.

maschinengeschrieben hat gesagt…

Thanks for your comments.
Dwanye, you're right, I didn't realise that! I didn't have any typewriters to use as alternatives to the Noiseless, though, as I typed this late at night.
Miguel, I wouldn't call that specific case an example of planned obsolescence, as Brother probably didn't plan 20 years into the future - after all, if their typewriter breaks down after such a long period, they don't increase their sales that much. I don't think there are any examples of planned obsolescence amongst typewriters, as they were and had to be... I guess I'll have to write a post on that. I've been planning to write on planned obsolescenece for a long time anyway.

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