Yes, that's right, it's the (almost) finished product of Peter Brill's brilliant work on converting an IBM Selectric to a Blickensderfer keyboard configuration. There's still some cleaning up of the casing to do yet.
Images of work in progress have been posted earlier on this blog.
Before this unusual typewriter goes on display in my two-month Typewriter Exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery in mid-July, I'd like to have a catchy name for it.
An IBlick? EBlick?
International Blickensderfer Machine (IBM, Peter's pick)?
Any thoughts? Please let me know.
Entry 1, from Michael Clemens: Blicklectric
(I'm warming to it)
Entry 2, from Richard Polt: Golfensderfer (definitely my favourite so far)
Entry 3: from Scott K: ScIBM (Scientific keyboard, get it?)
PPS: Peter's next big project will be to turn an IBM Selectric II's typing action into slow motion, so that people can see how it happens. To do this, he has removed everything except the tilt, rotate and print mechanism. A small stepping motor will turn the machine over slowly, so one can see the mechanism involved in the character selection process. He recently acquired from his brother an old scanner drive motor from a Nashua 220 photocopier from 1974, which has a reduction gearbox.
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