This was a day in our lives back in high school (early 90s!). We used a manual typewriter for typing classes simply because there was no other option. It didn’t require electricity, the ink were “ribbons”, and if we made a mistake we took out a correction fluid or tape, where we go back and retype the wrong word over the same wrong word using the white tape to cover the error. Oh, and it ruined fingernails because the keys were hard to press if not greased well.
For touch typing skills, we were taught assigned fingers for keys (kind of like doing scales on the piano), plus our teacher made us wear blindfolds AND a paper bag over our heads. Typing exercises meant clanking sounds mixed with some of the following songs:
1. Brother Louie (was that the title?)
2. Blame It On The Rain
3. Let’s Get Physical (or did I imagine this song? This could be another class altogether.)
I think we took dictation and typed based on feel for our finals. It’s a class I am most grateful for because my classmates and I can type without looking at the keys with pretty good accuracy and speed!