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I don't think Executives were ever used as computer consoles. They had a very complicated escapement mechanism that was not as reliable as the standard model. The standard model B was probably the most commonly used. Wake 03:29, 18 Mar 2004 (UTC)

The IBM CE that assisted us in starting the IBM 1620 restoration called the typewriter an "Executive B". I would think he would know as he actually worked on the machines. (too bad he died only a few weeks after our first meeting and never got a chance to see the machine finally running.) -- RTC 03:31, 3 Apr 2004 (UTC)

This article is being completely reworked pending research and will be moved appropriately when ready. -- RTC 22:33, 5 Apr 2004 (UTC)


Many manual typewriters had separate keys for 1/l and 0/O. I'm not sure the IBM electric was the first typewriter to do that.

In any case, the substitution was not grotesque, it could better be called practical. And it was not a trick devised by typing instructors, it was the standard method, and typewriter fonts were designed so the character printed by the key would look passable for both functions.

IBM Link[edit]

Maybe this article should link to the article for IBM the company? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arek (talkcontribs) 17:38, 7 August 2013 (UTC)[reply]

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Photo labeled as a Model A (the one slated for deletion)[edit]

The photo is of a predecessor of the Model A. It is an Executive which can be recognized by the split space-bar of 2 and 3 units of space. It is from the era of the Model 01 and is therefore (I believe) a Model 04 (see http://www.etypewriters.com/history.htm). CapnMike — Preceding unsigned comment added by CapnMike (talkcontribs) 19:27, 28 October 2013 (UTC)[reply]

I agree that is NOT a Model A. They looked like the machine at the top of the page.

BTW, I never saw a Model C I/O Writer, I don't think that there was such a thing. The only type-bar based I/O Writers that I came across were Model Bs. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:17, 1 July 2015 (UTC)[reply]