Not my type(writers)

I have a few friends who deal in antiques, and they say all the kids are crazy about typewriters. Obviously, those kids haven’t spent a bunch of time, you know, typing on them…

I have my dad’s old typewriter, a Royal manual one. It weighs approximately 125 pounds, which is coincidently the same amount of pressure per square inch that it requires to depress the keys enough to carry them all the way forward to strike the paper. Once, a few years ago, as I was preparing for the local studio tour event, I thought that I should provide while-you-wait poems typed on the old typewriter. Guess how long THAT idea lasted? Yep. Until I actually tried typing on the damn thing. But still, as I write this the typewriter sits just an arm’s length away. You never know when it might come in handy.*

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.14.2020

*Yes. Yes you do. Never is when it’ll come in handy.

Posted on April 26, 2020, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. They say never say never, but I think in this instance we can!!

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  2. We still have each of our last typewriters just in case. You know, in case there is a global power grid meltdown and we feel compelled to record our thoughts for when the survivor cockroaches evolve and wonder what happened to us.

    I’d say keep at the typing to strengthen your fingers in case you are ever hanging from the edge of a cliff.

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  3. It made me think of a wonderful documentary, which you might enjoy. In looking up a link to it, I found this sad news story. Still, there is a link in the story and the film is excellent.

    https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/02/21/berkeleys-california-typewriter-star-of-documentary-closes-shop

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