I have a hobby I recently picked up after watching a biopic on David McCullough, author of best selling books such as John Adams and 1776. In this piece I saw on television Mr. McCullough was typing on a 60 year old Royal Standard typewriter. I found it interesting in this day and age that such a prolific writer such as McCullough would still use a machine that by all accounts time has passed by.
|I then became interested in the old bangers. They were beautiful and somewhat romantic. It reminds me of a time where fedora hat wearing detectives search for a priceless gem colored bird. Then my wife gave me an Underwood #5 from about 1946. It works well, and after a quick cleaning, it looks nearly new.|
This past weekend I picked up 3 more typewriters. A Smith Corona quiet portable from about 1950 or so in somewhat poor shape. Luckily it was a freebie.
I got a 1940s Royal Quiet Deluxe pictured right for $60. After a quick cleaning and turning of the ribbon, I was typing "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country," like any good typing student.
The other one that I got was the crown jewel of my collection so far. For $10, I am getting a mint Royal Portable Touch Control, circa 1936. bottom right This one came with everything original, including box, instructions, carrying case, and dust cover.
Call me strange. My wife has already threatened to divorce me due to this strange hobby. And it is something strange. But everyone collects things that appeal to him or her. My wife collects Mary Moo Moos; and though I think they are pretty, they aren't my cup of tea.
There are quite a few typewriter collectors out there. I read somewhere that 90% of them are men and 100% of their wives think they're crazy. And for those crazy folks are quite a few good sites to visit regarding these "bangers" as we call them. There is Mr. Typewriter, a crazy old coot who tracks down and restores typewriters and sells them. My Typewriter is a favorite among typewriter collectors and the curious. In this day and age of computers and instant messaging, you can still buy a typewriter and supplies rather inexpensively.Read comments on this article, and add some feedback of your own
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