Screeds in the Rain & a Favorite Brother JP-1

Weapon of Choice: Thunderbird 3, 1966 Montgomery Wards Signature 440T

Someone in the Facebook ATC asked today what our favorite Brother JP-1 variations are, and by happenstance, I had just spent a drizzly afternoon yesterday outside with one of mine, the 1966 Monkey Ward Signature 440T. Yesterday was all about screeds, unfortunately – stuff I type out to get it off of my mind. I hate posting screeds, though, so I decided to make you have to work at reading it & I blended them all together, which also reflects my state of mind recently. There’s a soundtrack for you to listen to if you want to delve into deciphering the text, First, turn on your ad-blocker (if you have one), then press the play button on this video:

Now that the above video is playing, press the play button on the one below, so that they are playing at the same time:

And finally, while the top two videos are playing, press play on this one, and then take a shot at reading the screeds…

Updated: April 12, 2020 — 3:21 pm


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  1. Typewriters really are the best counselors. Nice background tunes, too.

  2. Wow! I’ve not seen Nagra recorders for years. Excellent audio gear.

    Typing out one’s screed can be quite relaxing and good for the soul.
    Love the intertwined typing.

  3. Listening to all 3 at once… very cool!

  4. Ted, I was browsing your posts this morning and came across this, which got me to thinking about screeds, and their shorter variants, intemperate outbursts, and how this age of electronic communication has changed them. I was a newspaper editor for some 30 years, back in the day when a reader who wanted to comment on something in that week’s edition needed to load a sheet into the typewriter, compose a letter, address an envelope, affix a stamp, and take it to the postbox. All these steps gave a window of time for calming down, for considering the question of whether perhaps it might be best not to send this. Now the “send” button is right there, as is the option of anonymity, which further degrades the conversation. Parker J. Palmer defined truth as “an eternal conversation about things that matter, conducted with passion and with discipline” — I fear that today’s modes of communication allow for too much passion and don’t allow for nearly enough discipline…

    1. You are very correct. (:

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