Crazy Typewriter Lady

by Wendy Copley on February 12, 2015

1939 Corona Silent

I’ve been in a bit of a typewriter frenzy the past month.  A few years ago, my husband gave me the best Christmas present ever: a burgundy 1939 Corona Silent typewriter. I don’t use it as much as I would like, but I pulled it out a few weeks ago and used it to do some scrapbooking and some other writing and it reminded me how much I love using it.

Man, I really love typing! It is so much more satisfying to bang away on a clickity-clackity manual typewriter than it is to type on a computer keyboard. Harder though, too. White out isn’t nearly as good as the backspace key!

Facit Typewriter

Just a few days later I found this beauty at a garage sale for a mere $5. FIVE DOLLARS! What the what?? It came with a hard case, a cover, a little wheely eraser thingy, a few sheets of erasable paper and the original receipt from 1969. Unfortunately, when I got it home I discovered that it did not come with a working carriage return. Drat! I’m hoping I can find some instructions showing how to fix it online, but if not I’ll probably take it over to the typewriter shop in Berkeley and see if they can help me out.

Hanx-Writer

Coincidentally, I stumbled upon an app called Hanx Writer in the featured apps section of the Itunes store the very next day.  The little gold typewriter icon intrigued me and when I clicked through I saw it was a fun little typing app made by Tom Hanks (a famous typewriter aficionado) and based off actual typewriters in his very large collection. It’s not quite as good as a real typewriter, but I still enjoy using it to type when I’m on my iPad.

Typewriter calendar and card holder

By this time I was bordering on woozy from my typewriter addiction (or maybe it was the musty smell from the typewriter cases) so when I saw an ad for this letterpress typewriter calendar and the little typewriter cardholder, I was utterly powerless against them and bought them on the spot.

typewriter print

And finally, this is not a recent thing, but I want to share this great print I found on Etsy a few years back because it’s so dang cute.

How about you? Are you a crazy typewriter lady/dude?

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  • andy

    I looove my Smith Corona! … Thought I’m still disappointed Hanx Writer isn’t available for Android.

  • Angela Knutsen

    When I learnt to type many years ago we had manual as well as electric typwriters in the classroom. I used to have a really old typwriter but I threw it out! (how stupid could I get).

    I enjoyed your post – it brought back many memories

    Shorthand anyone?

  • Leanne Yanabu

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