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 »

Time for an update

August 26, 2010

It’s been a long while since last I posted here, but that’s my style when it comes to blogs. How I do admire those who update on a regular basis, but alas, I am more manic about it all. Encouraged by two-plus wonderful weeks of research in Tokyo (where I am now), and some fortuitous comments left here on this blog, I felt encouraged to share some news. Stand by for individual posts on sundry matters.

Have you ever used a Chinese typewriter? Do you own one? 中文打字机你用过没有?办公室还有吗?

June 22, 2010

Recently, a number of people from all over the world have emailed me about Chinese typewriters, including individuals who have used one in their lives, or who own one and are looking to learn more about it. If you’ve ever used a Chinese typewriter, or own one, I would love to hear from you! Please email me at tsmullaney [at] stanford [dot] edu – both Chinese and English is fine (请你跟我联络!写中文也行!)

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).

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 »