See that battered old Hermes Standard 8 typewriter there, in a fetching shade of institutional brown? I'd practically saw my own leg off to own it. Why? Because I'm a huge Douglas Adams fan, and that battered old thing is the very typewriter DNA used to bring The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to the world. A surprisingly analog gadget, for such a self-avowed technology fan as he. And get this: it's actually on sale by a British bookseller, as part of a package with a "fine" condition first-edition copy of Hitchhiker's. The package, complete with autograph on the typewriter lid, will set you back over $25,000. A vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big sum. But, boy... wouldn't it be worth it? [Abe Books via BBG]
I learned to type on a machine that looked a lot like this. I still remember having to open the top to untangle the keys when I got going too fast. To this day, I bang the hell out of keyboards, and I blame these machines for that (that and an old Western Union Telex machine). You had to really pound those keys to get them to strike the paper, moreso if you used carbon paper (now available only in antique stores), white out or correction paper.
Thank God for technology.