More Than Just A Blog, It's a Lifestyle

A blog dedicated to the The Mid Century Modern era, approximately 1945-1975. Posts will feature real estate (residential and commercial) designs, fashion and furnishings from that era. Couture Academy projects will be highlighted at least once a month if not more. Enjoy! 

Typewriter Daily: Keeping Portland Weird, Carriage Return and Tom Hanks, Trailblazer

 Courtesy: Typosphere 

 Typing on a typewriter. It's a great hobby. One that everyone should have for mental health reasons. Mad at the boyfriend or the boss? Punching typewriter keys and writing angry copy feels so good. Feeling sad? Same thing. Putting all down on paper via a typewriter can feel so good, which brings me to this latest round-up of all things typewriter: 

  • Apparently, it's not just Austin that wants to "keep weird." Portland, Oregon wants in on the action. Check out this public typing station. Just perfect for some typewriter texting! 
  • Cleaning typeslugs on a vintage Yost. Not your typical typewriter. Check it out here
  • In Northern Cali? Check out the Carriage Return: The Art of Typography. (Yes, of course actor/collector Tom Hanks will be there, why do you ask?). A type-in is planned. How fun! 
  • Oh, remember that time when typewriters were BIG? Maybe not. See actress Ruby Keeler dancing on the keys with her handsome dance partner...
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Typewriter Daily: Los Angeles, Tucson, C.S. Lewis and his Favorite

 

 Courtesy: Los Angeles Times 

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Typewriter Daily: A Database, Tom Hanks, Smith Corona and Milwaukee's Connection

 

 Courtesy: David Sterling/Facebook 

 Friends, if you've decided you need a typewriter and the prices on Facebook Marketplace are freaking you out, don't despair. Try looking for the typewriter of your dreams the old-fashioned way - garage sales, estate sales, antique shops, thrift shops. They're everywhere once you start looking. Or put the word out that you're in the market. I've been offered old typewriters for free twice in recent weeks. Twice. Free! So it does it happen. While you're on the hunt, here are some links you'll want to bookmark: 

  • So you've found a typewriter in the attic, basement or garage. Or your friend knows you like typewriters and one morning, you find a vintage portable on your doorstep, typed note included. How do find out the history of that typewriter? How much it's worth? Try the Typewriter Database.
  • All you ever wanted to know about the Smith Corona Coronamatic 2200 (electric). 
  •  Live near Denton, TX? Here's an...
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Typewriter Daily: A Sportswriter's love for his Smith Corona, an online Typewriter Simulator, YouTube Review

 

Courtesy: Mary Beth Klatt 

The Tom Hanx effect on the sales of vintage typewriters continues. Here's what I found for my Google alerts on typewriters:

Back to work typing birthday cards, daily journaling on my 1964 Signature 440 typewriter. Over and out. 

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Typewriter Daily: GoFundMe page for Amherst, Mass. Repairman, Olivetti Girls, IBM Selectric

 

 It's no secret that typewriter repair shops are hard to find. You'll need to Google before you go out. Here's a good resource. Hint: most computer repair shops also fix typewriters - for a price. Some will even sell or rent you a typewriter. I have a soft spot for those rare shops that deal nearly exclusively with typewriters. Robert Green's shop is one such store well loved by locals. He needs financial assistance as his wife Dorothy is in the hospital. If you can spare some $, please donate to this page.

Here's some other typewriter stuff I found on the Internet: 

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Typewriter Daily: The Power of Memory, a Former Accountant and One 1950s typewriter

California Sunday Magazine/Michelle Groskopf 

Typewriters are powerful creatures in a way that laptops will never be. Take this San Diego resident in the photo above. This is not an office, but a room in the Glenner Center in Chula Vista, Calif., an indoor park for seniors suffering from dementia.

But this senior, Susie Heavlin, hardly looks like she has any health issues. She saw this desk, the typewriter and the desk lamp and something inside of her clicked. She had work to do. Heavlin sat down and got busy doing what she knew best - handling 'invoices' which were quickly recreated by a Glenner Center employee.

“I’m really good with the accounting," Susie told a reporter Francesca Mari. "I keep it straight. Always keep an eye to make sure it doesn’t go under the table. The key is to be honest. If there’s a problem, I take it to the manager, and they all handle it. But we haven’t had anything major, so that’s been good.”

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Welcome to Mid Century Moderne!

 

 

 Welcome to my website, midcenturymoderne (the extra e is mine). My site (mid century modern with an extra e) will be largely devoted to all design-related aspects of the Mid Century Modern era, which runs roughly from about 1945 to 1975. I will be writing about fashions, home decor, buildings (commercial and residential) during that era. It's one of my most favorite eras largely because it wasn't all that long ago. 

That's not all. Looking from the vantage point of 2018, the Mid Century Modern era seems relatively peaceful. Mass shootings were not rampant, children played in the alley. People still talked to each other (stay-at-home moms talked over the fence. Really) You had to pick up the phone to talk to others. There was no texting. Personal computers were none existent. You typed on typewriters for school, work, personal correspondence. 

The emphasis on the personal is one reason why typewriters have really appealed to me. (Yes, I'm aware Tom...

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