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August 9, 1995
A typewriter that can practically leap tall buildings in a single bound is for sale in Beverly Hills. Its asking price is tall enough, too--$65,000. That's because Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel used it to spin the original tales of the Man of Steel. Pacific Comic Exchange is selling the Royal. The same company sold the world's most expensive comic book--Action Comics No. 1--for $137,500 this year, said President Robert Roter.
February 15, 2006 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
James Allan, whose red neon sign announcing his unusual profession beckons from the second-story window of a modest stucco building in Marina del Rey, is aware that he is one of the few guys left who actually types for a living. On an actual typewriter. A 14-year-old Panasonic KX-7000. Not that he doesn't prefer a computer, as he'll be the first to admit. "The typewriter's a nightmare," he says. "I really hate the thing."
May 17, 1990 | Reuters
International Business Machines Corp. is consolidating its typewriter business by transferring sales and marketing operations to Lexington, Ky., where the typewriters are manufactured. No layoffs are involved. The company makes three typewriters, IBM Personal Typing Systems, IBM Wheelwriters and IBM Personal Wheelwriters. It previously announced a restructuring of its entire operations that will involve a staff reduction of about 10,000 employees by year end.
December 8, 1988 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Question: I recently bought my first collectible typewriters at flea markets and am hooked. What hints can you give the fledgling collector?--C.V. Answer: For the new typewriter collector, there is a free folder put out by Darryl C. Rehr, 11433 Rochester Ave., No. 303, Los Angeles, Calif. 90025, telephone (213) 477-5229. It is called "A Beginner's Guide to Collectible Typewriters." Rehr also is a contact for the Early Typewriters Collectors Assn.
July 12, 1995 | PATT MORRISON
Elmer Anderson set himself up in the typewriter business in Pasadena the same year the Titanic sank--1912. The only link here is one of irony. Just as the Titanic went to the bottom, taking with it faith in one kind of technology, Elmer Anderson, who came west with nothing but his tool kit, was embarking on a career of faith in another: the business of the business machine. Fast forward to 1995, to another irony. Time turns back on itself like a Mobius strip.
January 22, 1989 | DICK RORABACK
It is the stuff of fairy tales: A father wins a prestigious award for a book he has written. Two years later, his son wins the identical prize for a book he has written. And they all live happily ever after. The citation is the Newbery Award, given to the author of the year's best children's book. The father is Sid Fleischman, 68, Santa Monica writer who won the '87 Newbery for "The Whipping Boy."
June 3, 1986 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Testing a product on the kind of people who eventually will use it is hardly a new idea. But at Protype, a Sun Valley company that makes an office machine that is a cross between an electronic typewriter and a word processor, testing is done with a twist. The company tries out its equipment on what Stephen Kurtin, Protype president, diplomatically calls the "most ordinary" secretaries. To find them, Kurtin every so often asks a temporary help agency to send over a group of bad secretaries.
The computer has almost replaced the typewriter. Many young children would not recognize an old typewriter with an exposed typebar. Today's new typewriters usually print the letters from a ball. The typewriter was an amazing invention that gained attention in the 1870s. It was one of the most talked-about inventions at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The "writing machine" made it possible to easily copy papers and books.
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