Friday, August 5, 2011

50th Anniversary of IBM's Selectric typewriter

This Sunday will be the 50th Anniversary of the launch date of IBM's Selectric typewriter, a game-changing design that represented mid-century American manufacturing prowess brought to market with a one-two engineering-&-industrial-design punch. A team of engineers led by Horace "Bud" Beattie worked the guts while industrial designer Eliot Noyes is given sole credit for the overall form, his Olivetti influence notwithstanding.
Whoodathunkit possible that the IBM Selectric would've ever been made obsolete?

I had one once. Sigh. Those were the days, my friends - we thought they'd never end...

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