Reflections from 一 to 龠

“Phone a Friend” (for Typewritten Chinese Documents)

“Phone a Friend” (for Typewritten Chinese Documents)

Over the past few months, I’ve been reading back over my archives, to determine with greater clarity precisely who owned Chinese typewriters and what they were primarily used for. Where were they in the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, for example? Which government offices used them, and which private institutions? It’s a tricky question to ask, insofar as no archives in China categorize their documents according to “means of production.” Relying upon the wisdom of crowds, I reached out to colleagues and friends, and asked them to share with me any Chinese-language archival documents they’ve encountered that were written using a Chinese typewriter. The response has been extremely positive, and helpful, and I feel like I’m finally well on my way. Please do keep them coming, friends – it’s a strange request, I know, but profoundly helpful!

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