A richly illustrated book full of never-before published typewriter memorabilia, intriguing historical documents and entertaining anecdotes, The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine is a beautiful ode to an all-but-obsolete creative companion.
PROJECT UPDATE, DECEMBER 9, 2014
With hundreds of images (over 600!), The Typewriter book is 320 pages long and a hefty size of 9 x 11 inches. There's a special uncoated section for a selection of ads from the 1880s-1890s plus an extra mini booklet insert on "How to be a Super Secretary" from the 1950s. Filled with images and advertising spanning over a century, the graphic story of The Typewriter is presented in a unique way. Through the vintage ephemera, readers will discover the history of not only the machine, but the progression of society through very interesting times. From the industrial revolution to women entering the workforce, from one World War to another, from the home to the office, from collegiate life to Hollywood and pop culture... The Typewriter has an entertaining and significant story.
The final files will be delivered to the printer on January 20. It will be printed in China, so given the process for proofing printing overseas (and Chinese New Year holiday closure February 18-28), it will be on press in early March. Shipping will start in late March, early April depending on overseas freight options.
Although I won't be able to deliver it before Christmas, on December 18, I will be sending a downloadable gift printable to everyone who has ordered the book. This book has a labour of love, exploring a topic that turned from a hobby into a passion. Thank you to everyone who has preordered the book, I am grateful for your support and pleased to know there are other typewriter enthusiasts out there keeping these machines alive.
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 over 300 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.
ABOUT JANINE VANGOOL
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.
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Thank you so much for your generous support of The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine.
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