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Marcin Wichary @mwichary
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I can’t decide whether this 1980 IBM Displaywriter word processing keyboard is very pretty or incredibly boring.
Suggestion from @aslakr: A Tandberg Data keyboard from Norway, also from the year 1980 – but looking forward instead of back.

(It comes with a rainbow, too.)
@aslakr The Japanese OASYS machines came with beautiful keyboards and enclosures.

(Note how the keyboards are split visually to guide the respective hand – and also the extra two keys below the short spacebar(s), meant to be pressed with your thumbs.)
@aslakr The keyboard of the early IBM 610 calculator from 1950s: Staggered keys, long space-like zero, and a 2" CRT that wasn’t good enough to display fonts so it only displayed dots instead.
A pair of today’s keyboards that recreate a 1970s key profile in a modern setting. Those key contours just feel gorgeous to me.

(I saw the second one in person in Japan, and it floored me.)

More info:
A fascinating model of a 1950s ten-key SCM printing calculator showing how much there was to keyboard-driven machines before software came around.
The keyboard for the Ferranti Sirius computer from 1961. With the thumbwheel in front to control the speed, colour-coded WAIT/STOP/CONTINUE, and absolutely giant connectors.

And the whole computer has nixie tubes and a built-in clock.
(You can emulate the whole computer and play with that keyboard here:…)
A beautiful green teleprinter from another Ferranti computer, Pegasus.
Big, big fan of all the asymmetries in this British telex machine, known as “Cheetah” or STC 3000 Perfector (one of these names is better than the other).
German Siemens teleprinter from 1951 and a rotary dial instead of a numeric keypad!
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