Archive for March, 2010

Tracking Down an Antique Chinese Typewriter

March 23, 2010

After extensive sleuthing, I finally located this antique Chinese typewriter (built in the late 1930s, but part of a design series that dates back to the late 1910s).


Interview about the Chinese Typewriter

March 23, 2010

In November 2009, I had the pleasure of being interviewed about my Chinese typewriter project. The interview is below, and the article is here.

History of Science Society Annual Meeting (November 2009, Phoenix)

March 23, 2010

In November 2009, I delivered a presentation on the Chinese typewriter at the History of Science Society Annual Meeting, and received exceedingly helpful feedback from the panel organizers and audience members.

A Few Choice Photographs from China (Summer 2009)

March 23, 2010

In Summer 2009, I spent two months conducting preliminary archival work in China. The extent of the archival base truly blew me away. Let me share a few of the highlights.

The photograph below was taken at the Commercial Press in Shanghai, which gives a glimpse of what was, it turns out, a major operation for the press.

Having learned a great deal about the IBM Chinese typewriter prior to my trip, I gathered materials that Read the rest of this entry »

Updates are long overdue

March 23, 2010

It’s been an amazing few months, and there is so much to catch up on. I’m going to try to take it piece by piece, entry by entry…