Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap...
There is nothing like the sound of an old manual typewriter. Satisfyingly tactile — from rolling in real paper, to the feel of the smooth keys that provide a workout for the fingers — these relics are both fun to use and to keep on display. To me, they are works of vintage machine art. Here are a three beauties that sold in my shops.
The last one I had in my SoNo Marketplace booth (a 1920s Royal, shown above middle left) was a magnet for children. Most of them had never seen a typewriter before so they'd ask their parents questions like, "Where is the screen?" and "How do you change the font?" I enjoyed listening to their parents patiently explain how typewriters work and that they used similar ones when they were in school.
Last Sunday in the New York Times, there was a terrific piece written by Tom Hanks. Apparently, he is quite the fan of vintage typewriters! He has several that he uses on a daily basis to write snail-mail letters, thank-you notes, office memos, to-do lists, and more. He even uses one to keep score at a baseball game! You can read his fabulous article titled "I am TOM. I like to TYPE. Hear That?" at this link.