We live in such information bubble’s that I had to look up why calling someone a “snowflake” was a “putdown”. Based on my research it’s like calling a person who see’s a cup half-full, pig headed for not admitting its half-empty.
Today I picked my 112 year old Underwood #5 to type with. Looks better at a distance than close up. Got lots of use in its day… and still performs. Part of me enjoys them “as is” condition. Growing older with character…
I keep walking past this 1903 Underwood #4… today I took it off the shelf and was amazed at how well it works. Then after typing a page… I did a little work on it and now want to type another page. For some reason the memory of how it didn’t work at all when I first got it stays with me… even when it types better at 115 than many other machines I use more often.
I have been online 6 years now… I had thought that it this point I would have many great insights; but instead I just have the type. I have words on paper that fill many notebooks. I have pressed and touch the keys of many wonderful machines. I find that 6 years later my fingers still look forward to the words to come, the thoughts to convey and the sounds to be heard as I type away. That’s all I really have to say… its just about the type!!
If you could use your computer like a typewriter would you? After a second post using the “Visual Typewriter” software my answer is “NO”. You get sounds, but not the exercise of lifting an actual typewriter. You miss out on watching the ribbon move across… and if you can apply “spell check” it just feels like you just cheated on your diet.
You can look at “nice paper” but unless you print out on real paper… you do not have the option of creating “paper planes” out of your end product. Or roll it up for basketball. No risk of dropping it on your foot… or smashing it with a hammer. In the end it is a quick fix… but not the “real thing”
In 1943 this is how a U.S. Army Decontamination Unit was described: “… Months before the war began these colored men left jobs as railroad men, school teachers, cab drivers, barbers, mechanics, and tap dancers to answer Uncle Sam’s call…” (from Of Men and Arms by Bishop John A. Gregg, Bishop AME Church, published in 1945).
The “c” “?” does not work. Having problems with the ribbon advance. The carriage came loose in shipment. But what a “looker”. Even in its current state it reminded me of a “mini royal flatbed” and the action for a 97 year old is neat.
It took a long time before I realized how important it is to consider that in WWII: Landing strips are needed, places for troop ships to dock were required, hospitals to take care of the wounded had to be built, roads to transport… etc. This took great effort, in harsh conditions and is often overlooked. These are things my father did… when I looked up images I found the award ceremony for the Distinguished Unit Badge (AKA Presidential Unit Citation) and it took time for me to understand that such awards happen long after the fact… which explained why the uncropped picture was a empty field with a handful of people. Better late than never they say: So I salute all who did their part… Thank you!
I have typed over 220 letters… and all I can say is: “that’s a lot of paper!”
I have passed the half-way point in my letter writing to Congress. So much effort goes into division that I thought a “little effort” toward understanding and unity would was worth my time.