What’s still a potent symbol for writers, even years (make that decades) after falling out of use?
Placing it on the newspaper for a photo op felt symbolic too…
Here’s Jr-High me with the typewriter, supervised by Pete the Parakeet. Hipsters take note; my glasses might be back in style soon. And, that space bar was just fine back then — I swear.
Another find when unpacking boxes, an antique green Oliver No. 9 Standard “Printype” —
The keys are loops that come down toward the center from either side. I’m fascinated by the FIG key. I’m not sure, but I think it’s like a CAP key for the top row. I like the slightly offset G* key too. It’s from 1912, folks, at 103 years old it’s OK to be a little out of line.
The Oliver was one of my first ever thrift store finds, and yes, I should have known better. At the time, I thought I’d have it cleaned and restored, but then computers came along and I never looked back.
Just one more — this view of my father’s old Remington portable looks like it’s smiling despite its decrepit ribbon. I never saw him use it. I was in love with its pop-up keys (they fold down so it can fit in its case). I thought I was rescuing it from the dust of his service station, but I didn’t get around to restoring it either.
Now, what shall I do with my typewriter collection?
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