Second, I'll give a shout out to Florian at Maschinengeschrieben for showing that typing on aluminum foil can be done.
Before I get to the aluminum foil typing, I need to explain the path to this little exercise. MEK read the information on fictional correspondence and decided it might be a good way for our family of word nerds to communicate. Hannah F. and Claire F. readily agreed.
One thing lead to another and a reply to a Dr. Sottenmeyer in the future was required. Why aluminum foil? Well, it is obviously a superior medium for surviving time transmission. Duh! Or something like that...
This aluminum post was brought to you by Olympia!, our perky SM3. I guessed that the sans italic would translate well to foil. The trick to getting a clean impression is to use two pieces of paper underneath and one on top. This sample was done with the ribbon vibrator running. It takes a harder key strike that way. Turning the ribbon vibrator off makes the aluminum impression easier but leaves no typed hard copy. Life is full of tradeoffs.
|Olympia says "Click here and look at me!"|
But that is not the end of the story. Sure enough, Dr. Sottenmeyer found the transmission at the research library in 2195 and sent a return package. It was an elaborate package with instructions on the making of synthetic paper including a sample of the necessary Adamantium. Addressed to the Scientific American, it arrived on time in the late 1800s. Like magic, the 1898 Scientific American Cyclopedia was updated by way of an Errata sheet! Time is fluid that way.
|This type looks suspiciously like it came from our gold Royal. Hmm.|
In theory, the recipe should eliminate the need for metallic transmission media. But that assumes the technology of 2012 is as good as that of 2195. We shall see.