Maybe the reason for the iron gate is because it was not Hemingways typewriter or to keep visitors from typing on it.I often wondered about many of the museums as to how anyone knows what the place was like so many decades and sometimes a hundred or more years ago.
I think it's obviously to keep visitors out of the room. The room is unguarded so too much opportunity for someone to filch something for a souvenir. I'd be surprised if no one has tried to bolt out the gate with a cat!
Interesting, and very funny. I can hear Jack growling away in his inimitable voice!The citation does not seem obviously computer-generated to me. It could have been typed on an IBM Executive or a Varityper. Its right margin is justified, but notice that this is achieved by some irregular spacing and some spaced-out words (France, Germany, accurate). This technique would be typical of typewriter work and quite unusual on a computer. I hope we haven't gotten into another Bush-memos-style brouhaha here!
It just struck me that the professional typist of old would justify by inserting spaces between words, never within words. I was also suspicious about the amount of space allotted to 'l' and 'i' thinking the spacing looked proportional around those letters, i.e., too compact. But you may well be right.
Yes, the spacing IS proportional -- as if typed on an Executive or a Varityper DSJ. The Varityper could justify text mechanically (DSJ = Differential Spacing and Justification), although you had to type each line twice. The Executive requires mental calculation to achieve justification but it has two spacebars, providing spaces of different widths, for use in tasks such as this.
Man, my whole world view is disrupted by the cat/fraud thing. I just watched a Youtube story the other night and had set it aside for a future post. I have a sick fascination for polydactyl cats.Still, the facts needed to be free. Good work!
...and as you know, Jack Knarr upset my worldview, too!