Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Indian ink

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Well run-in Facit; a working letterpress printer; and a clatter of roadside typists
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The Godrejs, being lifted into a waiting taxi
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7 comments:

Olivander said...

As utilitarian as they look, I'd love one of those Godrejes (Godregii?).

I happen to currently be reading Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat, and the image he paints of India as a booming, high-tech amalgam of cultures is a far cry from the Havana-esque makeshift everyday life you show us here. As usual, a great vignette!

Richard P. said...

Fascinating, thank you. (And thanks for all your other very romantic and interesting entries.)

I wonder how long this Indian retro-tech will last?

Strikethru said...

I heard about the streetside scribes in an article somewhere, thanks for the pictures and details on the typewriters. Fascinating.

speculator said...

Wonderful reportage!
Is that a printing-press in one of your center photos?
It would be great to see a page of type from these machines.
All the best to you this New Year,

~A.

http://laviegraphite.blogspot.com/

Monda said...

Typing in the streets. I love that. It's incredible living vicariously through your travels, TT.

There's a whole cottage industry - typing schools to repairmen to document preparers - that could vanish in less than a generation.

I know women who teach at tiny county schools in the Ozarks who still type their lessons and handouts on IBM Selectrics. That's all they have. I guess there's the world we hear about and the world as it really is.

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting for another of your posts. This was interesting.

I've also seen an interesting story on Indian (and Bangladeshee) street photographers who make little B/W passport photos right on the street, using paper negatives developed in a portable darkroom processing box.

~Joe

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Judge not a book by its cover...................................................