14 October 2009

Turn-of-the-century Typewriters and Eternal Ink

Public Libraries, an periodical related to all things library, is an amazing resource for turn-of-the-century shelving, typing and organizational technologies. Here's just of my favorite ads from a 1901 volume I've been paging through. Don't miss the "newness" of vertical files, which "solve the problem of pamphlet storage," or the anxiety over the permanence of ink in both the typewriter and "eternal ink" ads -- both file cabinets and ink being things technologies taken for granted today.

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