Typewriter Sales and Repair at Kensington Office Machines

Typewriter Repair at Kensington Office Machines

A typewriter is a mechanical or electromechanical device with lots of keys that, when pressed, cause ink to be printed on a medium, usually paper. From their invention before 1870 through much of the 20th century, typewriters were indispensable tools for many professional writers and in business offices. By the end of the 1980s, word processors and personal computers had largely replaced the tasks previously accomplished with typewriters in the western world. Typewriters, however, remain in use in various areas of the world.[citation needed] Notable typewriter manufacturer companies have included E. Remington and Sons, IBM, Imperial Typewriters, Oliver Typewriter Company, Olivetti, Royal Typewriter Company, Smith Corona, and Underwood Typewriter Company.

Effect on culture
"Get out! Can't you see I'm busy." Early 20th century humorous postcard; boss man puts his arm around female typist.

When Remington first started marketing typewriters, the company assumed the machine would not be used for composing but for transcribing dictation, and that the person typing would be a woman. Flowers were printed on the casing of early models to make the machine seem more comfortable for women to use. In the United States, women often started in the professional workforce as typists (called "typewriters" then); in fact, according to the 1910 U.S. Census, 81 percent (81%) of typists were female.

With more women coming out of the home and into offices, there was some concern about the effects this would have on the morals of society. The "typewriter girl" became part of the iconography of the early-20th-century office. The "Tijuana bibles"—adult comic books produced in Mexico for the American market, starting in the 1930s—often featured women typists. In one panel, a businessman in a three-piece suit, ogling his secretary’s thigh, says, "Miss Higby, are you ready for—ahem!—er—dictation?"
The famous quote by Marcus Glenn, "Live by the typewriter, die by the typewriter!" also dates from this period.

Kensington Office Machines repairs and Services these typewriters starting with the:

IBM SELECTRIC’S II , III TYPEWRITERS
IBM WHEELWRITER TYPEWRITERS
ROYAL MANUALS TYPEWRITERS
SWINTEC'S TYPEWRITERS
SMITH CORONA’S TYPEWRITERS
UNDERWOOD TYPEWRITERS
BROTHER’S TYPEWRITERS
OLYMPIA TYPEWRITERS
OLIVETTI'S TYPEWRITERS and more.

Typewriters hang on with people who appreciate them as retro curiosities and as pieces of engineering but are useful for seniors with trauma in his or her hand and for a quick label on envelopes and forms but in the wider scheme of things are less used.

For all your typewriter needs including ribbons, call Kensington Office Machines at 301-946-0800

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  1. I have a Smith Corona Electra 120 that I would like to get cleaned and adjusted so that all the keys print the same clarity. I live in Bethesda and I need to know where to deliver the typewriter for repairs. Do I have to setup an appointment or just drop in during your hours?
  2. You may drop it off at 10230 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 300 Silver Spring, MD 20903

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