January 11, 2013
The Last Dinosaur: "A word of explanation."
Typewriters were mechanical devices that contained stamped metal letters on typebars,
which were mechanical arms propelled from a base by a series of levers. You struck a key and it hammered a typebar against a piece of paper pinned against a platen. By an arrangement of linkages an inked fabric called a typewriter ribbon was simultaneously raised. The typebar transferred the ink to the paper and if you did enough of this, the manuscript was "typed" -- that is symbols were printed on paper. -- Belmont Club »
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