House sales, garage sales, flea markets. The life blood of summer. I was lamenting just two weeks ago that none of my friends had spotted any typewriters recently. Then today, one nice beauty came my way from a neighbor. Then, two more very nice machines came my way while I was at a writing workshop, thanks to my wife and son who went out to the local house sales. All delivered right to my doorstop. And strangely, all three are (W)Riters.
Starting with the MarxWriter –
Marx Toys began manufacturing in Girard Pennsylvania in 1934, a small town that neighbors my own small town. This little toy is in very good condition. As you can see, I even have the box. This toy actually has quite a few functions found on portable typewriters. It really will type, though it wouldn’t be my first choice for typing up a business letter. How about those key tops! Does that shape remind you of another collectable typewriter? The Marx toy museum closed recently, but you can still find some great information about the history at the museum website.
Next up from today is the Smith-Corona Skyriter.
This lady blue is in very good+ condition. Hardly used, there are not the usual scratches in the plastic body, and no fading either. Types like a champ. SN – 6Y908851
Finally, the critter that my neighbor thoughtfully brought to my attention (and my doorstep); the Remington-Rand Quiet-Riter from 1956.
Types well, rugged, and everything functions as it should. SN – QR 2954202
So there you have it. The MarxWriter, the Skyriter and the Quiet-Riter. Seems I was destined to punch up my Riter collection today. $50 total for these 3 critters. Boom baby.
Received this cool postal cover from an ink pal of mine. Holiday Inn ephemera, he even tossed in a postcard. Again… cool.
I slipped up and missed this years World Typewriter Day (June 23). Here’s a short interview outlining why you should own a typewriter. Enjoy!
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. 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!