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Saturday, November 22, 2003



I've been noticing more and more people talking about typewriters, asking about antique typewriters and where to find them and so on. I am thinking this is some sort of passive rebellion in regards to our ever-increasing dependency on technology. And yes understand the irony of reading this on a computer, it comes with the territory.

I happen to own six typewriters at the moment, I barely use them except for certain things, such as book projects, cards and illustration projects. I like them; they have a quality that is lost when working or "typing" on a computer. It's that tactile feeling of finger pressing key, striker against paper, the noise, putting the font down yourself, as opposed to clicking the print button.

I sit and watch people working on laptops and wonder what they would think if I brought out a vintage Royal portable and started to clack away. Would I just get strange looks? People telling me to stop? Or would people look in awe at this ancient technology in there midst.

As I said, I own six typewriters, three desktops (an Oliver #5, Underwood #5 and a L.C. Smith) and three portables (Royal, Remmington and Smith Corona.) some of these were gifts, some I bought, all are different. Some function better than others, but that's what you get. The bulk of my typing is done on my Royal portable, the cards mostly; it just works for me. I guess it is all about the font, I like the look of a limited font, something you have to use as opposed to the unlimited range of fonts on a computer, the typewriter has it's flaws, the font has it's flaws, the ribbon has flaws.

So I guess I should have a point to this, I like flaws. I like typewriters. I like stuff. It's nice to know that I am not the only one who thinks this way, many of the people that I've run into and talked about typewriters have the same feelings. It's good to know that.