That IBM Selectric brings back fond memories. I used them at work in the 70s-80s and they were the best typewriters I'd ever used. Very smooth and uniform, with that cool rotating font ball you could change out in a second. Lots of different fonts available. I don't know how many they came with. You probably could buy them separately if you wanted something different. Somewhere in my house I have hundreds of poems typed on a Selectric, that I haven't seen for about 30 years. Maybe it's a good thing I can't find them.
Thinking about Bukowskis monstrous amount of typing on those machines while living in rooming houses during the 50's and 60's I always marvel about the fact how little he mentions annoyed and complaining neighbors.
There are some of those in his letters, but it seems very little. And Bukowski obviously hammered on those machines day after day after day. Not only poems, columns and prose, which would be enough to pale everybody else off, but at the same time a flood of letters to drown the world in.
Maybe it worked because he had to type in the day time while working the P.O., when most of the neighbors were either working themselves or away anyhow?
I came to this thread to help me date some manuscripts that I photocopied from UCSB, and frankly... I'm having a hard time distinguishing those different typings!
But that's just me, thank you MJP for posting this, this is really great!