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Antique Typewriters: More Than Your Basic QWERTY

Antique Typewriters: More Than Your Basic QWERTY


Hello! I am typing on this Royal typewriter
from 1937. It has no paper, no ribbon, it’s really a great piece of technology to start
collecting. They’re beautiful machines that really capture a time in business history,
in communication history, that I think has a really interesting context. The first American
typewriter to become widely used was invented in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes with
backing from Carlos Glidden. The Sholes &Glidden typewriter was then manufactured by E. Remington
& Sons. So Remingon took this patent of this idea and scaled it and it became one of the
most widely used typewriters. Once the typewriter was proven to be a technology that could be
used in many different circumstances, the industry just took off and you had all different
kinds of brands that were created. This Royal actually belongs to a friend of mine and he
and his buddy went to the dump and found it in a pile of junk. Can you imagine? And what
they did is they got it back in working condition. There are a lot of people that do collect
typewriters, it is a very active collecting community where people are looking to get
all the brands, all the different models…I find the ones from the 30s and before that
to be the most visually interesting just because my style is a little more industrial. Do you
own a typewriter? And if not, do you have any other kinds of old technology? Let’s talk
about it in the comments. Ah. Hello. This is my vintage restaurantware mug. I find vintage
restaurantware very homey and comforting…

13 comments on “Antique Typewriters: More Than Your Basic QWERTY

  1. I overpaid for mine, but the person who sold it to me said they would turn the glass keys to earrings if I didn't buy it! It was worth it, though.

  2. I well remember the manual typewriter, since it was all I had in high school from 1973-76.  It was kind of a pain in the neck to type on because you had to push so hard on each key.  Around that time, electric typewriters were becoming prevalent and they were much easier to type on because you didn't have to push so hard.  My mother got me an electric typewriter (Smith Corona) to take to college.  It was still a huge pain to type on, though, because if you made a mistake, you had to stop and paint White Out over the offending letter, blow it dry, back up and type over it several times.  It was painstaking and slow, and also messy.  Then White Out came out with  these little correcting strips which you could stick over your letter and type the letter; it would remove the old letter and you could type in the new one.  This was an improvement but still a huge pain in the neck because I made a lot of typing mistakes, all of which had to be fixed.  (And don't get me started on carbon copies!  Eeek.)  Years after that but before word processors and desktop computers, companies came out with typewriters that had the correcting strip right in the typewriter so you could keep your hands on the keys while you corrected your mistakes.  That was a lot better; but even so, I was glad to leave it behind for the world of computer word processing:  Such a relief!  I no longer have to worry so much about mistakes and I can type something out and edit it later.  It's a huge improvement.  I still have that last typewriter but I use it only once in a blue moon.  (It's good for typing labels and forms, for instance.)

  3. Old typewriters are cool,but I don't have room.There is a company called Blue Moon in Portland,OR that sells and processes film for cameras and also sells typewriter supplies.If you need ribbons or such,they might be worth checking out.

  4. Well I have a record player, 'Polaroid' camera to. I love to watch the Lucy show. And me being 12 you can say I'm an old fashion kid. I've always wanted to have a typewriter, my goal this year is to get one.

  5. The perfect keyboard for gaming! I love vintage typewritters, ive always been trying to find one for an affordable price.

  6. Vintage Typewriter Restoration is my passion; PHOENIXTYPEWRTER.COM
    Should have had a ribbon in typewriter & shown it typing
    Kids love these, Seniors love these, Perfect American History ! !

  7. I have a Smith Premier No.2 Typewriter. It was made in 1896. I managed to find it with the cover but sadly the base was no longer with it. It's not in working condition. Still wonderful !

  8. At one point I did post it for sale, I was quite frustrated though. I received offers such as $20-$75. Because it no longer being in working condition.

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