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TabType: the “out-of-typewriter correction material”

by | Nov 7, 2022 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

You learn something new about typewriters every day—even after 28 years of collecting.

A woman emailed me about this “out-of-typewriter correction material” from 1972. It’s “revolutionary”! 

The revolution must have been a failure, because I don’t recall ever seeing this product before, and the concept had never occurred to me. It allows you to fix an error on a typed sheet that has already left the machine. First you may need to cover up a mistaken character(s) with Wite-Out® or the like; then use TabType® to adhere the correct character(s) onto the paper.

Sometimes, I’ve got to say, I am very grateful for computers.

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Heh, reminds me of rub-on letters. Are you supposed to peel the letters off the sheet and stick them on the page, or do you rub them onto the page with a pencil? the semi-transparent back makes me think of Letraset rub-on letters.

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  2. Ted

    also, I dunno why this thing keeps saying I'm Anonymous. I'm logged in and my avatar is right next to the comment box. ):

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  3. Richard P

    Yeah, it looks like rub-on letters à la Letraset. I remember first getting a couple of sheets of those when I was little boy, and being excited by the typographical possibilities.

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  4. Richard P

    Blogger is one of the least functional arms of Google—a withered appendage—and I am concerned about its long-term survival.

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  5. SBolli

    That would be fun to use a couple times….after that….you'll probably just want to make less mistakes!

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  6. The Philosophy Teacher

    You know, 28 years ago you could still walk into a store and buy a new manual typewriter. I got one at Bundy Typewriter on Chestnut Street. Something made in Mexico with a Royal badge on it as I remember.

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