97 years of typewriters
For many decades, the typewriter was an indispensable tool for writers. It was faster than a pen and paper, more decisive than a pencil, more decipherable than a hasty scrawl. And, apart from its utility, it was a remarkable looking object, sometimes awkward, sometimes beautiful. Here's a look at typewriters over the years.
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Jack London's typewriter
In the cottage where Jack London lived in Glen Ellen, Calif., in 1916, now Jack London State Park, a portrait of the author sits above his portable typewriter. From the case's battered condition, it's clear that London dragged his typewriter along on the adventures that led to books like "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang."