TEC Tonic (Two)

The typewriter gods work in mysterious ways (yet again). The seller who sold me a TEC TW-1450 in June last year got back in touch with some good news. She'd found the missing platen knob and would send it to me. Yay! An unblemished, quality PCB plastic knob! Lesson to be learned: Accept with simplicity … Continue reading TEC Tonic (Two)


TEC Savvy

I found myself another TEC-related Japanese phonecard ... Chou Saku 張作 typewriter/book-keeping machine ~ More useful is this (English,  French, German, Spanish) instruction guide for the TEC TW-1000, which was sent to me via Royal Mail from an eBay seller in the U.K. ... TEC TW-1000 (below, from my collection) I previously scoffed at the … Continue reading TEC Savvy

Retro TEC

The history of TEC (Tokyo Electric Co. Ltd.) has two strands. This is reflected by not one, but two, online company histories: https://www.toshibatec.com/company/corporate/history/https://www.toshiba.co.jp/worldwide/about/history_chronology.html The 'Toshiba' history provides a clear picture of how both the Tokyo Electric Company and Toshiba came to be: 1875 saw the establishment of Tanaka Seizo-sho (Tanaka Engineering Works), Japan's first manufacturer of … Continue reading Retro TEC