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A rainy Saturday was a good day to root around in the attic. I found these two obsolete things. The slide rule was my father's, but I never saw him use it. I certainly never used it. The portable typewriter was given to me a long time ago by a man who was moving out of the next-door apartment. I never used it either but kept it because I like the way it looks.

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Robin Reid21-Apr-2004 14:43
Oh yes, having definition in the typewriter is a stroke of genius!
Robin Reid21-Apr-2004 14:41
Exellent eye and shot and great memories. I've had both .. wish I had kept them for memories.
Gregg Morris19-Apr-2004 14:01
There was a simple magic to slide rules that just isn't there in computers and calculators. :)
whiskey0118-Apr-2004 17:12
WOw, havent seen one of those in awhile.
Jill18-Apr-2004 16:26
Just tiny little keys. What a neat object to have even if obsolute.
dazedgonebye18-Apr-2004 16:05
I learned math from my father on one and "keyboard" skills on the other. I guess it's all been progress. :-)
Ray :)18-Apr-2004 16:03
Somehow I never used a slide rule, but used to try and work out how my brother's worked. Never had any typing lessons but I remember having to type out meeting minutes - took me 90 minutes for one page if I was lucky.
A great idea, and I even love the brown, no doubt a '70s model!
virginiacoastline18-Apr-2004 15:27
amazing isn't it . .I've used both . .never liked the slide rule, altho my dad always had his with him. Held on to my electric typewriter for quite a few years, then decided "what for" . . . & off to Goodwill it went. BUT I've kept my mom's old non-electric one. It has a place of honor atop my grandfather's (yes FATHER'S) old Singer tredle.
Pall Gudjonsson18-Apr-2004 14:32
OOhh - Those were the days !
Excellent idea, very well done
Mike Johnson18-Apr-2004 13:34
Younger folk will wonder what hell did we ever use this machine for? Cure, but appropriate message...
Rick Lewis18-Apr-2004 13:28
This made me laugh having grown up with such archaic instruments. Well done photo.