About Tom Hitt

Retired teacher, now writing and creating paper crafts. Oh yeah, collecting typewriters as well.

21st Century Letter Writing

So, here I find myself writing more letters than Jefferson ever did.  OK, well, maybe just the same number of letters that Jefferson did.

Possibly fewer.

Regardless, some bait for this behavior has been dangled by our very own United States Postal Service for decades.  Small wonder.  They were basically the only game in town.

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Not wishing to be “Booooooooooor-ing!”,  I now purchase unused postage stamps online fer cheap.  Yep, ya gotta lik em.  Here we have a series of stamps I recently purchased.

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You will note that in order to actually use the stamps, you must tear great works of art asunder.  So instead, you become… a collector.  Whoops.

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Rest assured, I will be tearing these out and using them to send missives to my scattered friends.  This last bastion of the Federal Government’s good deeds shall not go down without a fight.  Shove yer Eeeeee-mail!  ~TH~

Titans of the Typosphere

Typewriter Review

When I first got into typewriters, my initial reaction was how could anybody write on such a kooky machine? Though I must admit, my first experience was on a late 1960s Smith-Corona Galaxie 12, a modern yet somewhat under-achieving typewriter. Despite its shortcomings, there was still that special spark in the Galaxie I’m sure we’ve all felt in our own first encounters. It only spurred me to seek something better. Something smoother, more confident, better built and easier to type on. It’s a journey many of us still trod. It took a few errant side quests before discovering my 1947 Smith-Corona Sterling.

It’s not you who find the typewriter, but the typewriter who finds you. You’ll know it. Believe me. You might have a few in the constellation, but there’s the pole star that guides all your travels.

I suppose that’s what separates writers who use typewriters from those who…

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Pelikan, Brief(ly)

I just received some new (old) carbon paper sheets by Pelikan.  Yes, I type. Yes, I use carbon paper for my own copies.

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I like the photo on the box- so hip!  Did not realize that the Pelikan company was still around.  It began in Germany- now located in Switzerland.  More renowned  for their fountain pens, though they do still make carbon paper.  Just not printed in this style.

Here is a cool page on their website about the history of the company, with graphics.

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The plastic protection cover inside the box shows the logo, and it is marked Germany.

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Here’s the backing for a sheet.  I like the diamond pattern, and the small typewriter logo that is intermittently shown on the sheets.

Only one more mystery; can anyone identify the typewriter model that the young woman is posing with?  Hmmmm….  ~TH~

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