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Japanese typewriters

An old write-up on the inner working mechanism and general evolution of Japanese typewriters.


History and QWERTY

A fairly good summary of the early history of typewriters and QWERTY by The History Guy. Posted by shinjikun10.


Project Sphinx

The Project Sphinx is a retrofuturistic concept, the proposed design of a soviet home computer from the '80s. Posted by FractionPrism.


A Brief History of Numlock

A Brief History of Numlock and Arrow Keys by @figmadesign. Posted by charlesatan.


Email anno 1984

Emailing anno 1984 when over seas. Posted by hagr.


A trip down the memory lane

A trip down the memory lane of the custom keyboard community by icelongclaw.


IBM Terminal keyboard from the 70s

An old IBM Terminal keyboard from the 70s posted by Snoo_56172.

World I: an index typewriter

The World Typewriter is an index typewriter from the 1880s. Posted by Sup-Bird.


1986 Japanese Apple 'Mackintosh Plus'

1986 Japanese release of the Apple 'Mackintosh Plus' Keyboard. (M0110AJ). Posted by hewplah.

IBM 5556-005

Full kanji keyboard spotted by whiteknight128.


Split typewriter

Rheinmetall Portable Ergonomic Typewriter from ~1935. Posted by hardboiledbabylon (r/mk).


Optical encoded keyboard

Some nice pics of the Viatron System 21 terminal and its unique keyboard by JereimiahPendergrass (more).

IBM Model M15 Adjustable

IBM Model M15 Adjustable keyboard review by Chyrosran22.

Keypatch by Genest Technologies

The Keypatch AT is an IBM Model F addon from the '80s by Genes Technologies. Presented by LGR (video).

IBM 3178 C1 mod

An IBM 3178 C1 USB Chungus edition ft. Solenoid by drake9800.

Heath Computer Systems

Heath keyboard. A thrift store find by mman426.

IBM 3276 Beam Spring

A restored and modded IBM 3276 Beam Spring keyboard with USB and a wooden palm rest by madhias (gallery, sound).

Sounds of an IBM 5251 Beamspring

This IBM 5251 Beamspring brings pleasure to your ears (by Icemanrec).

History of symbols - a lauchpad

A launchpad by breck to the history of different symbols used on a keyboard (source).

Air Force One comms station

The comms station from a previous Air Force One used by Eisenhower to Nixon (shot by MuddyFire).

Sci-fi and keyboard history combined

2001 vs 2010 - Sci-fi and keyboard history combined by Wyvyrn.