Photo: IBM Selectric commemorative stamp. Credit: U.S. Postal Service
Today’s post on the IBM Selectric got me to thinking about the variety of interchangeable typeballs that were used for fonts. The most memorable was ORATOR, which looked like this:
Photo: ORATOR sample. Credit: Selectric.org
ORATOR was used almost entirely for labels. Any other use (newsletters, correspondence) was really loathsome.
Photo: Script sample. Credit: Selectric.org
Script was another hideous Selectric font. Other than ladies’ correspondence, it had no use whatsoever and was hard to read. Just imagine getting a four-page letter in script. Young people: Think of a letter as a 1,000-word tweet. OMG!
Photo: Courier sample. Credit: Selectric.org
Before I got into the newspaper business I worked as a clerk-typist and most of my time was spent with Courier. Quite honestly, I didn’t like the Selectrics much because the ball couldn’t keep with my typing. And, of course, the Selectric II with correcting tape was far superior. It was a great day when my employer finally got one for the office.