Mudd 209: Typewriter Room

Little-known to many Oberlin students, Mudd Center has a typewriter room on its second floor. This small, almost eerie, space contains four vintage and electronic typewriters. This room includes two Nakajima AE 710 daisy-wheel electronic typewriters weighing 18.4 pounds each. Nakajima Seisakusho is a Japanese company that was established by Nobuyoshi Nakajima in 1923. The typewriter that the students are pictured using is an IBM Selectric II electric type-ball typewriter which was released in 1971. Finally, the typewriter room is equipped with a Royal desk model manual typewriter as pictured in the top right. The Royal Typewriter Company was founded in 1904 in Brooklyn, New York and assembled typewriters through the 1970s, making it one of the longest-lived typewriter manufacturers. While we type away on our 21st century personal computers, there was a time when typewriters graced the era of modern technology. Today, in Mudd 209, you can relive, or experience for the first time, the thrill of using a typewriter.