S.E.T.I.

Single Element Typewriter Interests …

Initially, the term “single-element typewriter” was synonymous with the IBM “golf ball” Selectric, introduced in 1961. More than a decade later, after IBM began to license its Selectric technology, a variety of copycat Selectric “clones” appeared on the market.

Clones such as the Sperry-Remington SR-101 were more-or-less straight copies of the IBM Selectrics, while more sophisticated machines, manufactured by the likes of Triumph Adler, Brother, Olivetti, Juki and Silver Reed, replaced IBM’s mechanical tilt and rotate mechanisms with electronic control of the ball element. These typewriters had a short lifespan as manufacturers quickly switched to the faster, and cheaper to manufacture, daisy wheel.