Department of Physics
226 Physics Building
825 West Dickson Street
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
The Panasonic Microcassette Transcriber was manufactured in 1997. It is a device that
would record verbally dictated information onto a microcassette tape. An administrative
assistant could play the recording, with the aid of a foot pedal, to type the dictation
into document form at their desired pace.
The IBM Selectric II Correcting Typewriter, also known as the “golf ball” typewriter,
due to the spinning ball that carried the typeset, is an electrically operated typewriter.
It originally appeared in 1971 and its features included ink tape cartridges and scientific
typesets. The ink tape cartridge, as opposed to the very messy cloth roll versions
of the past, made a very clean typeset. It became a ‘must have’ for physics departments
Close up image. A typeset ball in place is shown.
The Swintec electronic typewriter and others like it were the transitional step from
typewriters such as the IBM Selectric, to word processors. The typewriter had enough
memory to hold one line of composed information, which was displayed on an LCD screen
for editing purposes. This eliminated the excessive use of actual physical paper corrections
used by most electric typewriters. A line of information could be adjusted numerous
times before pressing the enter key, which physically typed out the stored memory.
It was purchased in October of 1985 for $699.00 ($1347 in 2007 currency).
The Underwood No. 6 typewriter shown here was made at the end of 1940. This mechanical
style typewriter was used by the physics department prior to the advent of electro-mechanical
typewriters. A closeup of its keyboard is also shown.
Close up image of the keyboard.
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