Thursday, September 23, 2010
Letters from home
Typewriters have long since been left in the dust of computers and Blackberries. But there are Old Throwbacks like me out there who love them Dearly. Every day when I sally forth to the T-stores, I hope and pray that I will find a really good old manual typewriter. It's one of the first things my eyes scan the T-stores for. Day after day after day it's always "NO LUCK!"
From the looks of it, I'm guessing it dates to the 1940's but certainly no later than the early 1950's. With the case it weighs 16.6 pounds. I love those old gray powder coated mid 20th century industrial typewriters! This one has a 10 digit property number on the inside of the case lip. I'd be willing to guess it probably started its life out on the nearby (then) top secret nuclear lab. Who knows what secrets it may have tapped out with its keys? AH, mysteries.
This typewriter will get put in tiptop shape this fall and then travel down to Arizona with us. We don't have a computer printer there at the straw house. So, this machine will be our GO TO technology for writing "letters from home." When we were out at Bowery, we re-discovered our great love of writing typewritten letters. They are as much fun to receive as they are to type. There's something about a typewritten letter that is so tactile and endearing. Anyway, chances are many of you, if not ALL of you LBR's out there are going to receive one or more typewritten "letters from home." Even the envelope will be typewritten and, hopefully, we can find some throwback postage stamps to affix to the envelopes.
It was another VERY good day at the T-Stores! Doncha think?
Posted by John Parsons at 6:47 PM