Archive for the 'Archives' Category

Pinyin and the Chinese Typewriter

August 26, 2010

While in Paris, I also made contact with the Musée des Arts et Métiers, where I was able to view the various Chinese and Japanese machines in their collection. In my ongoing effort to track Read the rest of this entry »


Chinese Typewriting and Chinese Telegraphy

August 26, 2010

Following my trip to London, I was also able to conduct exploratory work at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Read the rest of this entry »

Cable and Wireless Chinese Typewriter

August 26, 2010

As part of my exploratory work this summer, I visited the Cable and Wireless Archives in Porthcurno (part of the famous Porthcurno Telegraph Museum).

My job here, in addition to reading through extensive collections on the Read the rest of this entry »

Working with artifacts

August 26, 2010


It has been rewarding and challenging to imagine the objects of my study biographically – that is, as part of the lifeworlds of their users. Thus far, I’ve had the chance to see machines used by Read the rest of this entry »

April 13, 2010

I’ve just returned from an absolutely wonderful trip to see one of the very few extant IBM Chinese Typewriters from the 1940s. Above all, I wish to express my most sincere thanks to Mr. Thomas Russo at the Museum of Business History and Technology for taking so much time out of his schedule, and for all his help thus far. This was a momentous day.

Getting ready to see the IBM Chinese Typewriter

April 2, 2010

I have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks, including my college reunion at Johns Hopkins. During my visit, I will be making a side trip to see what I have reason to believe is the only IBM Chinese Typewriter left in existence. Designed by Gao Zhongqin in the 1940s, IBM developed a limited number of Read the rest of this entry »

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).

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 »

Photographs from the archive

July 3, 2009

Archival Photos of Chinese typewriter

More from the archive… I can’t wait to include scans in my book.

Back from the archives

June 30, 2009

How to Build Lin Yutang's MingKwai Machine

I just returned from the archive with an amazing cache of documents about Lin Yutang’s Chinese typewriter, the MingKwai. One of my favorite documents is pictured here: a list of each of the parts out of which the MingKwai was built (you’ll never guess how many).