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Grandpa, what's a typewriter?

Should we assume that today's fans know what a typewriter is? A few weeks back someone added the words "whatever that is" to a reference to the Selective Service Act in Mary Sue. I put in a reference tag explaining about the draft. Should we put in a short definition? Maybe we should have another picture? --KTJ 17:22, 21 April 2011 (UTC), from the ol'rocking chair

I've thought this myself. --Greer Watson 17:36, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
Added intro. I can see a couple of useful pictures at Wikipedia, too. I think I'll just tip those in as well. --Greer Watson 17:50, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
A few weeks back someone added the words "whatever that is" to a reference to the Selective Service Act. Not everyone using this wiki is American. Typewriters existed (and exist) in other countries too. --Doro 18:12, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
True. (As a Canadian, I totally get that!) But I think the point KTJ was making here was really that typewriters may nowadays (and increasingly in the future) be sufficiently unfamiliar to younger readers as to require some preliminary explanation, particularly to set a context for a discussion of their limitations. --Greer Watson 18:52, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

I'd like to specify what coin that is in the image, but can't quite make out what it is. --Mrs. Potato Head 19:43, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

consider adding "Typewriters in Fanworks and Canon" section?

Would it be good to consider adding a small subsection on that to the page (for the children)? I'm sure typewriters must feature heavily in certain fic (plus if someone hasn't written typewriter/word processor or typewriter/fic writer I'll be surprised and a little sad) but a typewriter played a significant role in the first seasons of Fringe and I think nu!Who's TARDIS incorporated parts of a manual typewriter in its control console? --Sk 19:41, 26 April 2011 (UTC)

Good idea. I'm going to do a section for each one. --Mrs. Potato Head 15:41, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Added some canon info. :) --Sk 06:06, 2 May 2011 (UTC)


I moved the second image from the infobox back to the text. It was moved in the first place to "avoid blank spaces" but the div code that was used doesn't create any blank spaces. At least not on all three computers I used to check it. I used different browsers als well (Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari) and in all browsers it looked fine. If there are problems, it's probably because of an out-dated version of a browser, but I don't think that's something the page can accommodate for. --Doro 15:24, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Also, you're using the code that wraps. So no white.  :) --Greer Watson 07:22, 2 May 2011 (UTC)