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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: Los Angeles, Tucson, C.S. Lewis and his Favorite

 

 Courtesy: Los Angeles Times 

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Typewriter Daily: Ted Bundy, Typewriter Repairman, Sexy Legs and Typewriters

 

Just a round-up of typewriter-related links you might enjoy: 

  • One of the great things about finding old typewriters are the old dealer labels on them. The old phone numbers are especially cool. What's even neater is to find those dealers who are still in business - decades later! Indeed, Robert E. De Barth (telephone: UL 5-6562) is still repairing typewriters! The guy is in his 90s, working away. My guess is that fixing old typewriters keeps him going. 
  • Typewriter Porn: Sexy Legs and Typewriters by Paul Roberts on Amazon. I want this book. Heck, I want to pose for a leggy pic with a guy and a typewriter. Is this wrong? It'll be family-friendly, I promise. 
  • I know nothing about replacing drawbands on typewriters, but here are instructions on replacing one on a Remington. Enjoy! 
  • Need some typewriter eyecandy (minus the sexy legs) while you type? Here's a visual compendium
  • The Netflix documentary on serial killer Ted Bundy is causing waves. Did...
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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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Typewriter Daily: A Book Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

 

 

This book, originally published in 2008, has new legs thanks to the movie with the same name: Can You Ever Forgive Me?" The book and the movie (which I've seen) are about memorist Lee Israel who turned to forging letters from celebrities when she got desperate for cash. 

I liked the book much better, as I often do. You really get a sense of Israel's writing style. I kept thinking of how gifted she was a writer when she wrote in her voice about her own life. Ironically, of the four books she published, this final book is what's she most known for.  Funny, sarcastic, it's not hard to see why. I kept thinking she would have been a great novelist, but she was a sucker for the advances she got for her non-fiction. (You don't get advances for fiction unless you're an established rain-maker). 

She bought a slew of typewriters from a New York City store that sold vintage machines. She had so many she rented a storage locker, which she filled with old Royals,...

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Typewriter Daily: American writer, Catholic priest and Trappist Monk Thomas Merton's Royal

This blog post is to honor the 50th anniversary of the passing of American writer/Catholic priest/Trappist monk Thomas Merton's passing. Whether you like, dislike or even never heard of him, Merton was a prolific writer and typist. He wrote more than 70 books before he died in 1968.  He's most known for his best-seller, Seven Story Mountain. Here's a snapshot of his Royal typewriter which had keys for French characters (helpful since he did live in France). 

This typewriter, along with another Royal, are on display at the Thomas Merton Center in Louisville, Ky. It's not clear if Merton used either Royal to write Seven Story Mountain, which led many Americans to seek out monasteries in the post World War II Europe. 

What's a more interesting question to me is how did the Royal typewriter, especially with French characters, help Merton master French? Did he use this typewriter while at Cambridge where he studied modern languages, French and Italian? There...

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