A richly illustrated book full of never-before published typewriter memorabilia, intriguing historical documents and entertaining anecdotes, The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine is a beautiful ode to an all-but-obsolete creative companion.



I am grateful for your support and preorders of The Typewriter book we have received since the DIY crowdfunding campaign was first posted last year. 

Research, writing and image scanning is in progress, though the release date had to necessarily be pushed back. The news earlier this year that we would have to move our office (the Art Central building that we've called home for nearly nine years is being "redeveloped") put a huge wrench in the project scheduling. (The flood of the century didn't help either!) Rest assured, that the book will be delivered as quickly as quality will allow. The revised release date will be posted here when known—it will be by summer 2014.


With a timeline aligning with the birth of creative industries such as industrial design, “commercial art” (graphic design) and advertising, a study of the machine offers a snapshot into trends in industrial design and developments in manufacturing. A documentation of the ephemera of typewriting—ribbon tins, manuals, advertisements, promotions—is an informative and beautiful history of modern design.

The influence of the typewriter has been significant. Most notably, typewriters brought women into the workforce, contributing to emancipation. Great works of literature have been composed with them. The once ubiquitous office tool has had integral roles in film, art and popular culture, elevating it to iconic status. And of course, the vestigial qwerty arrangement remains the keyboard of choice for our computers. Though its heydey has passed, the legacy of the machine lives on. Now experiencing a resurgence of appreciation—curiously from the digital generation—the typewriter is coveted as a symbol of simpler times.


UPPERCASE books are known for their attention to detail, beautiful design and high production standards. The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine will be a large format (9" x 11"), full colour hardcover book with at least 224 pages. The large page size will allow for many actual-size reproductions of artifacts and graphics, presenting this rich visual history is the best way possible. 


Janine Vangool is the publisher / editor / designer of UPPERCASE, a quarterly magazine for the creative and curious. She has also developed and published many books (nine and counting) under the UPPERCASE name. Janine worked as a freelance graphic designer for a dozen years in the arts, culture and publishing sectors and has also taught typography and publication design at the college level.

Her obsession with typewriters had an early beginning: when elementary school had half days, she'd spend those free afternoons happily composing letters on the typewriter in her mother's workplace (yup, she was and still is, a nerd). In 2006, Janine became an avid collector of typewriter memorabilia when she discovered the graphic beauty of typewriter ribbon tins. Her favourite typewriter is the Royal Quiet DeLuxe circa 1956: she has this model in turquoise, pink, red, teal and grey.

Some examples of the project perks for those who supported the project prior to publication:

One of the perks from "The Electric" level of support.

One of the perks from "The Electric" level of support.

One of the perks from "The Electric" level of support.

Advertising mirrors were often used as promotional incentives (since they appealed to the lady typewriter). Here is an example of the UPPERCASE take on the advertising mirror (in orange) with the original Standard Remington design in red.

A beautiful art deco-inspired package of typewriter carbon paper—one of the perks at "The Selectric" level.

One of these Type Bar ribbon tins could be yours at "The Royal" level of support.

An advertisement for Royal typewriters, one of the perks at "The Premier" level.

Thank you so much for your generous support of The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine.


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