I'm not collecting electric typewriters so I haven't had much chance to touch or even really look at them. I took a photo of one and something struck me. This electric SCM Coronet 12's keyboard has some things in common with computer keyboards (that I'd noticed on the library's Selectric), notably, the apostrophe/quote (or minute/second if that's how you see it) is to the right of the semicolon.
I'm sure I'm the last person to notice this but why did the introduction of electricity cause that specific change to th keyboard? I may have to buy one to see if the typebars are also arranged differently. They could be anywhere on an electric, which may be the point. Maybe that key got stuck on manuals? If anyone knows I'd be happy to learn more.
|I've superimposed classic 12 keys in their positions where they differ. |
These were not far apart in time, why the differences?