Thursday, November 12, 2015



Mark Twain bought his first “new fangled writing machine” in Boston in 1874, and tried it out for the first time with the help of someone named Susie in this letter to his brother, Orion. Which raises a number of unanswered questions. This Remington No. 1 typed ONLY IN CAPS. In 1883, Orion’s brother delivered the first-ever typewritten mss. to his publisher, Life on the Mississippi. We’re assuming that by then, Remington had developed lowercase. In whatever case, pretty cool.

Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note

Editorial Comment: Susie the research assistant? And did you hear about Sam and Orion’s secret sister, Kryptonia?

PeezPix by Ted Pease

Parker Creek to Prisoner Rock

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