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Keep your typewriter working for Uncle Sam

by | Aug 21, 2014 | Uncategorized | 10 comments

A recent purchase came with a pamphlet I’d never seen before, published by the Federal Work Improvement Program in 1945. It offers good advice on caring for standard office typewriters of the day. Pictured are Remington, Underwood, and L.C. Smith machines.

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  1. rn

    Ah the Federal Work Improvement Program. What a novel idea! Thanks.

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  2. mpclemens

    Good advice! And a reminder that I need to shake out the cookie crumbs from my computer's keyboard now and then.

    Not pictured: "Check paper tray for sympathizers of the Red Menace."

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  3. Ton S.

    Yeah, "dirt is an enemy!"

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  4. Bill M

    Nice little booklet filled with a great deal of good advice.
    Thanks for the download.

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  5. Miguel Chávez

    Very useful! The information can also be used with any portable typewriter. I particularly enjoyed the photos showing the procedures to keep a Remington (model 17? KMC??) in working order!

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  6. teeritz

    I read the other day that the USPS posted a two billion dollar loss this financial year compared to 700 million dollars last year. We need to keep e-mail at bay, folks. We need to create a little more snail mail. Write a letter to somebody in the USA.

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  7. Scott K

    I think I need to print this up and put it on my wall…

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  8. notagain

    That's pretty interesting! I listen to a lot of Old Time Radio and there were constant admonitions both against wasting food and for eating well to keep your strength up. I have seen only a poster like this before, never a whole booklet.

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  9. Don Lampert

    Great advise, and nice to see original sources. Some advise is still timeless. Thanks.

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  10. TonysVision

    Thanks Richard. I like the tip to lock the Y and H keys to help in ribbon changing. And the idea of placing a knot near the end of a grommetless ribbon in brilliant! I just recently typed an entire line before realizing the ribbon on my Smith-Corona Silent Super had come to the end and pulled clean off the spool!

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