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sherwoodsherwood Posts: 1,223 Senior Member
Back in the olden days our secretaries used a tool that I'm looking for now. She would put a written page in the thing and set it up to show a  line of type. There was a bar at the bottom that she would push and the page would move up to the next line.  Does anybody know what this tool was called? Thanks.
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I think Ive seen them. Way back when type writers filled the air with a staccato rythim and office furniture was made of quarter sawn oak.
  • tennmiketennmike Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    The tool is called a typing stand. I did a quick Google search and didn't find one that moved up a line with a tap of a bar at the bottom. There are plenty of typing stands available but none like what you are describing.
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Posts: 10,878 Senior Member

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  • olesniperolesniper Posts: 3,767 Senior Member
    All the copy holders I could find do not index the copy. A lot of them have a clear bar, with a line through it, to highlight a line of text, but you have to move the text or barm by hand.Looking at the drawing that jbp-ohio found, I'd say your best bet would be to find a old manual typewriter, in an attic, yard sell, Goodwill, etc,.......pull the carriage off of it, and make a stand for the carriage. It has everything in the pic, round platen to roll the paper up on, adjustable rollers to hold the paper down, bar that you line up under the print, and the index lever, that moves the paper up, 1, 2, or 3 lines, depending on how far you push it.
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