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Actual Photo of Holy Grail Revealed!

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Imagine the excitement of finding the Holy Grail—and not in some distant Palestinian cave or European cathedral, but right on your very own desk!

Through the magic of hyperbolic metaphor, that’s what just happened to me.

According to Mr. Richard Milton, “the holy grail of the major typewriter manufacturers and independent inventors alike was the design of a typewriter that was practically silent in use and would rid offices of the interminable clacking of keys.”

And unlike so many Holy-Grails-of, this one was actually achieved. The Noiseless Typewriter, which was perfected by 1917, really did solve the problem.

You have to type on a Noiseless to understand what “noiseless” really means. You can still hear your fingers thumping the keys, but the racket of the type slugs hitting the platen is just gone. Other manufacturers attempted to solve the problem by enclosing their typewriters and adding sound insulation, but the Noiseless attacked the problem at the root. Its unique mechanism stops the typebars just before the types hit the paper. Then a little weight takes over and brings the type the rest of the way—tapping the paper just hard enough to leave an impression, but not hard enough to make any real noise.

The giant Remington conglomerate saw the possibilities in the new technology. Remington bought the Noiseless Typewriter Company in the early 1920s and continued to make Noiseless typewriters right up to 1967.

I have one of these remarkable machines, and I use it frequently.. It really does live up to its name: people in the next room don’t know I’m typing, even if I leave the door open.

Who knew I had a Holy Grail right in my office?

Which brings us to the moral of the story. Here we are ninety years after the Noiseless came on the market—a mere dribble in the bathtub of time—and what’s a Holy Grail of Typewriter Manufacturing worth?

I bought mine at auction for a penny.

This is the common problem with Holy-Grails-of: you think that, if you find one, you’ll be set forever, but you won’t be. Nobody needs a Noiseless, however clever the mechanism is, because nobody (except a few eccentrics like me) needs a typewriter anymore.

I think we—by which I mean I—spend far too much of our lives looking for Holy-Grails-of, and not nearly enough looking for the Holy Grail. A lot of things might be nice to have, but only one thing leads to eternal life.

I don’t mean that I’m sorry I spent a penny on a typewriter, but I do mean that I sometimes place too much faith in things to make me happy and not enough faith in the living Lord Jesus Christ.

I’ve been thinking a lot about simplicity during the first week in Lent. Jesus taught his disciples to take nothing with them when they went out into the world—not even a Remington Noiseless Model Seven with handy carrying case. Did he do that because he wasted to deprive them of the things that made them happy? I don’t think so. I think he wanted to deprive them of the things that would make them unhappy—things that would lead them off the straight and narrow path to eternal happiness.

3 Responses to “Actual Photo of Holy Grail Revealed!”

  1. The Grail Code» Blog Archive » Chasing the Holy Grail of writing technology Says:

    [...] Writing a little while ago about the Holy Grail of typewriters made me think a little about how I used to write and how I write now—how I found the Holy Grail and how these days I sometimes toss it aside again. [...]

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