About Tom Hitt

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

Traveling Typewriters

Today I took a few typewriters over to another house we have nearby (referred to as BRAVO – the main house as you might guess is ALPHA).  I decided to place a Smith-Corona Silent inside the typing desk.  I also took over the 1948 Royal Quiet De Luxe and my 1946 Smith-Corona Clipper.  I’ll be bouncing back and forth between the two houses over the next several weeks.  Just hate the thought of being without a typewriter.

Now I’m choosing which machines will accompany me on an upcoming writing retreat.  ~TH~

Yes, I Like Typewriters

Yes, I like typewriters.  Recently I have backed off of my own use of the words ‘love’ and ‘hate’ in regard to experiences, devices and people.  Unless I truly do hate… or love them.  After all, I don’t hate certain politicians who occasionally sit in the oval office.  Suffice it to say, they may not be my ‘cup of tea’.

This short narrative however, brings home why I love typewriters.  Oops!

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/06/ray-bradbury-and-the-dime-at-a-time-typewriter-of-fahrenheit-451.html

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.

**** WARNING: PHILATELY AHEAD! ****

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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