Yes, you can type in hieroglyphs

Photo of typewritten page with the following text. Friday, May 17, 2019. Chicago, USA. Hermes 3000 (1968). King Tut had a typewriter ... well, sort of. Last week, I speculated about whether anybody ever created a hieroglyphic typewriter. Well, it turns out that at least one was made. Such a magnificent machine was crafted by Martin Tytell, a man of many, many talents — one of which included typewriters. According to Typewriter Man, an article by Ian Frazier in the November 1997 issue of The Atlantic magazine, Mr. Tytell did indeed retrofit hieroglyphic typeslugs to a typewriter owned by a Brooklyn Museum curator. That's not the only cool stuff we learn about Mr. Tytell. The man's typewriter expertise leads him to play a vital role in World War Two and beyond. Please read about Mr. Tytell. He led an amazing life and it would make a great movie. Note: This typecast has not been edited. Also: Off to the right side of this photo is an old, public domain sketch of Pharaoh Akhenaten in profile. He has a slender head, aquiline nose and a regal bearing.

Read “Typewriter Man,” Ian Frazier’s story about Martin Tytell.
Read Mr. Tytell’s New York Times obituary.
Learn about Akhenaten, a pharaoh who might have embraced monotheism.

 

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