Sideways Typing

Having recently acquired a wide carriage Brother Accord 12 with elite type, I wondered what uses there might still be for wide carriage typewriters:

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Orienting the paper sideways I typed a page just to see how I liked it. I noticed right away that each line was longer, with fewer interruptions for carriage returns. This may help with keeping the flow of words going, if you type fast enough.

Another possibility is using 11 x 17 paper, but for that you’d need a larger scanner if you planned to scan and edit. Imagine typing 1800 words per page! You could do Nanowrimo on one page per day.

Lastly, 11 x 17 paper would be useful for doing larger typewriter art.

Any other ideas out there?



Filed under Typewriters, Writing

4 responses to “Sideways Typing

  1. joevc

    I prefer narrow carriage machine for their aesthetics but can see where this would be useful. I was just asking my wife yesterday what practical office use there was for wide paper and wide carriage machines. Accounting tables, perhaps? Hmm…

  2. Michael

    Can be used for typing two separate columns to make the master for a ‘zine of one or more folded pages. An 11-inch-wide page with a 1-inch left margin and a 6-1/2″ tab and laid out with pages 4 and 1 on one side and 2 and 3 on the other can then be folded into a neat 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 package. For a 8-pager, it would be: pages 8 & 1 and 2 & 7 and on the other sheet, pages 6 & 3 and 4 & 5. And so on. Needs some planning or paper changing to get some pages started right, but for a lark, it’s fun.

  3. hey, a JP-7! These are quite good machines for a plastic fantastic, better that their relative lack of popularity would suggest. (:

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