At 115 this Underwood works fine…

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.

1903 Underwood #4

6 years of GEE!

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!!

1908 Underwood No. 4

Fake type… real or fake news?

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”

2007 Visual Typewriter

Looking back to see forward…

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).

2007 Visual Typewriter

Bonds of Patriotism

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!

1916 Reliance Premier