Swintec 1146 CM keyboard

Transcribed below.

The Alphabet Song.

A, B, C,
Is that for me?
D, E, F,
A tenor clef!
G, H, I,
Yes, but why?
J, K, L,
To sound your knell.
M, N, O,
How do you know?
P, Q, R,
I was told by a star.
S, T, U,
What shall I do?—
V, W,—
If I may trouble you.
X, Y, Z,
Wait and see.


  1. tom says:

    Swintec: Sounds like the Board of Directors decided to move from Agriculture to the High-Tech

    • Dr. Boli says:

      Swintec, unlike most typewriter peddlers, is still in business today. It has survived by making itself the leading supplier of transparent-cabinet typewriters to correctional institutions. That may make it the only remaining American typewriter company, although its production was always overseas—the one above was made by Nakajima in Japan. Until recently, Royal, still a leading seller of cash registers, was offering a cheap mechanical typewriter from China, but it does not appear on their Web site anymore.

  2. KevinT says:

    What nefarious goings-on in a prison does a transparent case eliminate?

    • Dr. Boli says:

      Presumably it makes the thoughts of any inmate using the typewriter visible to guards without the necessity of teaching the guards to read, which would raise training expenses and limit the hiring pool.

      • Occasional Correspondent says:

        I would guess it keeps the typewriter chassis from being used as a blind drop in a contraband smuggling chain, or at least complicate its being used that way — guards would be able to see the cellphone, shiv, dime bag, argyle socks, etc., cached inside the chassis.

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