Posts Tagged ‘Archival documents’

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 »

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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

中文打字機基本字盤表

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.

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).