The Big Five

Through the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) set themselves the task of bolstering Japan’s technical capabilities in computer hardware and software.¹ In 1962, they established […]

Smith Corona’s Last Stand

You have to admire Smith Corona for their tenacity. Not only did they persist in their long-running (double-decade) court battle with Brother Industries, in which each accused the other of electronic typewriter dumping, […]

All or Nakajima

Luckily, I’ve never been struck by a train. I have, however, often been struck by the similarity between the train spotter and the typewriter collector. After-all, both have an interest in the movement […]

Fargo Typewriters 2

Fargo Season Three is the best thing I’ve watched on free-to-air TV in a long time. The cast couldn’t be better. Ewan McGregor who plays brothers Emmit & Ray Stussy, and David Thewlis […]

Matsushita & the Margarita

Matsushita Denki (the Matsushita Electric Industrial Company) is the name behind the Panasonic brand. Once the world’s largest consumer electronics company and still one of the world’s largest, Matsushita changed its name to Panasonic Corporation in […]