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Typewriter Practice

Basic Typewriting Drills
Wanous
1978

Submitter: Who wouldn’t want a typewriting practice book? Obviously that would be so much more helpful than the dozens of free keyboarding practice games available online. My favorite part of this book, aside from the fact that it has never been weeded from my public library, is that it comes with a built-in stand so you can set it up right next to your typewriter while you practice.

Holly: That does make it pretty handy. My favorite feature are the ripped, torn pages and cover, barely holding on to the spiral binding. If the examples were at least a computer keyboard, it would be better, but they show manual typewriters. There’s probably a whole section on the carriage return!

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10 Responses to Typewriter Practice

  • I work at a small college, and I have to keep a supply of “keyboarding” manuals, because students suddenly realize that the hunt & peck method is not going to get research papers typed. And it isn’t only older, nontraditional students. A lot of folks get through high school without learning to type!

  • Nitpick: Those definitely look like electric typewriters, not manual ones.

  • I had to order several typewriting books a few years back because we had 1 book on how to type. They circulate regularly, but they are also not falling apart.

  • Reminds me of typing class in high school. That was the early ’70’s and we had electric typewriters.

  • I took typing one year in summer school (because my small private school didn’t offer it, yet they marked down my papers for not being typed) at the city’s commercial high school. It was in a dedicated classroom with rows of manual typewriters that had blank keys — you had to look at the big displays at the front of the room to see what went with each key. I have to say, it was a very good way to learn touch typing. But I never did well at the numbers — maybe my parents took me out of class when we got to those, to go away on vacation. Anyway, I don’t recall that we had any sort of textbook — just instructor-led drills. And then I would go home and practice by typing letters to distant friends on my manual 1922 Underwood — an imposing and heavy cast-iron machine in extremely good condition. Alas, someone tipped over its table when I was away at college later one, and it shattered. But that was a Typewriter with a capital T!

  • I graduated high school in 2011, and my school was still using those books. The thing with them was as most people my age don’t need an explanation of how a computer works, the section on how a typewriter works is no longer needed, but all the drills and such work exactly the same. Could they be updated? Yes. Do they need to be? Less so than any other technology book many libraries are clinging to

  • I learnt to type at high school on an electric typewriter in the 90s. The textbooks we used looked exactly like this, right down to the condition. The year after I left school, the school stopped using typewriters, and went to computers.

  • Typing catalog cards…nuff said.

  • Oh my gods! I used a similar one back in the *ahem* *mumble* when I took typing on a manual typewriter. Yikes!

  • QWERTY is quaint, but still being taught
    Without such a book don’t ever be caught!