Canon Fodder (Part Six)

I finally found an instruction guide for my Canon AP-1500 electronic typewriter. In order to purchase the instruction guide I had to purchase the AP-1500 typewriter that came with it ($15 AUD), and then ask the seller not to ship the typewriter since I already own an AP-1500 given to me for FREE in March last year.

Until recently, I didn’t know there was a small battery compartment on the underside of the typewriter devoted to a spell-checker function …

And hadn’t even noticed the large hatch on the right-hand side of the typewriter, which is where the spell checker/corrector card is inserted, or not, in the case of Oceania models …

According to Part 8 of the guide, for Oceania this is in-built (at the cost of Multilingual Capability):

The instruction guide came with three spare ribbon cassettes …

A faded and tattered sales quote secreted inside the pages of the guide reveals that the typewriter was purchased in Melbourne in March 1993, and that an “I.B.M. G/B TYPEWRITER” was traded-in …

It seems to me Canon took a leaf out of Olivetti’s book when it came to the sleek design of its AP-1500 …


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4 thoughts on “Canon Fodder (Part Six)

  1. Canon were fairly big players in the PC market, at least initially. Like Olivetti they were pretty much across everything office equipment-related. In fact they collaborated with Olivetti in distributing and selling their photocopiers.


  2. It always amuses me when companies create these sort of diagonally incorporated products. Functionally nowhere near a camera, but the components are close enough that they went ahead and made one anyway.

    And to think this was sold for so much, even after the personal computer had begun steamrolling a path to complete dominion over everyone.


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