Typewriter Keys

Ralph Steiner American

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Seen from the vantage of electronic word processing, the revolution in communication caused by the manual typewriter is difficult to recall. The machine was a marvel that not only standardized and clarified the handwritten message but also affected the shape of thought. Thus, T.S. Eliot writing in 1916: "Composing on the typewriter, I find that I am sloughing off all my long sentences which I used to dote upon. Short, staccato, like modern French prose. The typewriter makes for lucidity, but I am not sure that it encourages subtlety...."

Typewriter Keys, Ralph Steiner (American, Cleveland 1899–1986 Hanover, New Hampshire), Gelatin silver print

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