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Definition: memory typewriter

An earlier typewriter with tape or solid state storage for holding text. Typically having a small readout, memory typewriters provided limited word processing functions but mostly served to print boilerplate such as clauses in legal agreements. Introduced in the 1940s, memory typewriters were made for 50 more years. See boilerplate.

The AUTO-TYPIST (1940s)
Text was converted to holes punched into player piano-like rolls. As they passed over air slots, negative pressure collapsed a bellows that pulled down the typewriter key. (Image courtesy of TMC/Compco, Inc.)

The Typewriter/Perforator
Typing on this machine punched holes in the paper roll. (Image courtesy of TMC/Compco, Inc.)

Reliable Repetitive Typing
Until the mid-1970s, these machines were provided by the American Automatic Typewriter Company. (Image courtesy of TMC/Compco, Inc.)