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How Many Remember The IBM Selectric “Ball?”

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IBM inaugurated a major change in the way we typed when it introduced the “typeball” in July, 1961.

It was highly successful and propelled the Selectric typewriter to the front of sales in America, eventually capturing 75% of the typewriter market .  The radical change, the ball, replaced the hollow “basket” that contained all of the typebars.  The ball could be changed to give you a variety of fonts.

The Selectric was replaced by the Wheelwriter in 1984.  This new model used a replaceable daisy wheel that allowed for memory processes and multiple type faces.

How many remember the IBM type ball?

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