The Secrete Life of Machines is an entire series where they explore most of machines found in a modern household. Interestingly the series is old enough where they call computers word processors... Remember those? The very expensive bridge gadget that filled the gap between the typewriter and the computer for a few years. Speaking of typewriters..... I'm seeing these all the time at thrift shops now, who's buying these and what are they doing with them? Maybe I'll pick one up... never mind, I just remembered the ink ribbons and correction fluid. I did actually learn to type on a typewriter "way" back in 1990. I remember I liked the one with the ball that had the letters around the outside. It pounded those letters onto the paper in a very satisfying way. The IBM Selectric.
Anyway, here's the video. It's 25 minutes which means three youtube clips, I uploaded it without compression so you should be able to watch it full screen. I was very intrigued when it got to the history of Singer, quite an interesting fellow, but maybe not how you'd expect..... Enjoy!
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