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
A portrait of author Jack London sits above his typewriter in the Glen Ellen, Calif., cottage where he lived in 1916. From the case's battered condition, it's clear that London dragged his typewriter along on the adventures that led to books such as "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang."