From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
Hello, Steve Smolian asked:
> What is "type-wri-toon?" It doesn't show up on a search.
----- it is a misspelling, I am sorry. The correct way is
"Typewri-Toons", and it is my belief they were invented by MAD Magazine, of
which I hold a few from the early 1960s, when they were an important input to
me about American culture, which I was sometimes surrounded by. Spelling it
this way, I found results on Google (saving me the trouble of finding my
copy, although I know where it is [supposed to be]), such as:
" MAD magazine did it first
Written by Jared Leone
Jared Leone, a TheSequitur.com senior editor, is a staff writer for the St.
Petersburg Times and a federal courthouse stringer for the Associated Press.
Thursday, 20 September 2007
MAD Magazine did it first
Typewri-toons were supposed to take the world by storm. The comic feature in
MAD Magazine made light of the sideways reading of special characters
produced by a typewriter.
The keyboard, the typewriter of today, supposedly was the tool that created
the first "smiley" :-) face in 1982. Scott E. Fahlman, a Carnegie Mellon
University professor, is credited with first using the colon, hyphen, and
parentheses to end a message posted to an electronic bulletin board. Here is
wishing the sideways smiley face a happy 25th birthday.
I still say MAD Magazine started it. ;-p "
I fully and independently agree; I LOLled when smileys came along as the
"new" use of signs. However, my son tells me that it is as old as
typesetting. And certainly, I have enjoyed using Christian Morgenstern's "Des
Fisches Nachtgesang" when discussing translations. Only, here the parentheses
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ted Kendall" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 7:30 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] power line frequency
> > At the risk of telling everybody something they already know, the
> > Tonschreiber had a wide range of capstan speed to facilitate its purpose
> > in life, which was to protect U-boats from the Allies' Huff-Duff detection
> > apparatus. This, using two orthogonal antennae and a Lissajous display,
> > could generate a practically instant fix from a U-boat transmission. The
> > solution adopted was to record Morse at slow speed, replay at high speed
> > to keep the transmission as short as possible and restore pitch with the
> > rotating head-drum.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 2009 7:08 AM
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] power line frequency
> >> The solution is very simple. The capstan of the Tonschreiber did not run
> >> off the incoming AC but had an oscillator and amplifier as a servo. It
> >> could run at any speed from I think 9 to 130 cm/sec.
> >> Richard L. Hess wrote:
> >>> At 07:09 PM 2009-11-03, you wrote:
> >>>> From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
> >>>> ....SNIP.....
> >>>> The story continues. I would not be surprised to learn that northern
> >>>> Italian
> >>>> records were cut with machines run off 14 Hz or 16 2/3 Hz, which were
> >>>> in use
> >>>> for traction purposes. Let us see if a type-wri-toon will work here:
> >>>> ;-) -
> >>>> yes, it did.
> >>> Hi, George,
> >>> One thing that intrigued me is that the Tonschreiber version of the
> >>> Magnetophon which was analyzed in depth after WWII by some Army
> >>> Engineers who appeared to do a good job apparently could work from 25-60
> >>> Hz.
> >>> Cheers,
> >>> Richard
> >>> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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