“I have never seen any man manipulate the keys as rapidly, or set so clean a proof.” Henry Alden (as quoted in The Swifts, Printers in the Age of Typesetting Races, Walker Rumbel, 2003)
More Steampunk culture the dominance of women in the early era of keyboard prompted automations. The first all-women labor union was the Women’s Typographical Union founded by Augusta Lewis in 1869. Soon women were at work on city directory and straight newspaper copy. The gendered specialization continued with typewriting. Men disregarded the sweep of keyboard prompted technology until it was fully established by the line casting Linotype. Then they disregarded the typewriter until the advent of the computer.
power point flood
The salvage of library and archive collections following floods in Iowa is presented at the Preservation department
site, University of Iowa Libraries.
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Kindle blog is silent on the future of the book, but it is busy, busy.
We are cleaning and drying thousands of vinyl recordings and their jackets from the flood of the
Czech Museum in Cedar Rapids. Our Oakdale paper mill is the perfect place for such activity.
Wouldn’t it be strange, weird, poignant if hand held reading devices proliferated just as physical books proliferate? Their numbers and varieties could begin to engender library-ness. Note their physical morphology providing substrate for page presentation, note their different in-use and static configurations. While so many attributes and disadvantages are exclusive to either print of screen presentation, it is suggestive to consider similarities.