The Cherished Wallet Card

When I was a kid, my prized possession in my wallet was my library card.  I used to borrow LPs from the library as well as books. My library was in McMurray PA, though I no longer have my original card from there.  Perhaps I’ll get one there again, though it won’t have the nifty, punched metal cuff attached; remember those?


My current library card, with the smiley faces covering the bar code – high level security

When I tweened out, my most cherished card was my drivers license.  Wow, that was great! The stories I could tell… and will!  Bombing around in a Ford Torino with my buddies.  Magnificent.

Once I entered adulthood, my most cherished wallet card was my credit card. I never overstepped on that card.  Subsequent cards, well, that’s another story.

Now that I’m at the halfway point of my entirety (speaking optimistically), my favorite card in the wallet is… my library card.  I highly recommend you get one and use it regularly.  It still kicks open doors of intellect and imagination better than any show I’ve binge watched.    ~TH~



1964 Olympia Portable


The newest addition to my family of typewriters.  It has features similar to a Splendid.  I have seen the name ‘Portable’ floated for similar models, but it appears that may be a general term, not related to a model name. No plate on my typewriter designates it as a Splendid. Distinctions for my typer-

  • 1) the paper rest is wire
  • 2) it does not have a case, it has a cover (matching)
  • 3) the margin release is placed to the far left, near the top row of keys
  • 4) the margin release is marked M.R. , not the ‘4-dot’ symbol


Based on the serial number (95-89558) I’m going out on a limb and dating this as a 1964 critter. On the back is the standard silver plate, noting that it was hammered together in Western Germany.


It types beautifully, feels great, in very good condition.

If you have clues as to what I should classify this as, let me know, and I’ll amend these notes. I thought it might be an SF, but I’m just not certain.  ~TH~