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 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!!
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).
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.
Dr. King used words well and to great effect. Today words are picked apart and little leeway is given to intent and words used. We understand that a word has many meanings… and how a word is said and in what context; shifts its meaning as well. It almost makes me afraid to say anything, because I will not be understood. But then I recall… to be understood you must first speak or be forever misunderstood.
Kentucky Typer had a new old stock (1984) FACIT 1740 for sale. I was looking for a typewriter to do the bulk of my letters to Congress on and the FACIT fit the bill. (The paperwork showed it was tested January 8, 1984 so I use that date).
Looking back on 2017, I look forward to 2018. Which is a good thing after all.
After typing 50 letters using my typewriters… my fingers seek out the Underwood’s. Not that other machines don’t do a great job… the touch wants what the touch want!
I was watching the movie “Our Brand is Crisis” which is about American Political consultants who go throughout the world to win elections. The only thing that means anything is to win… The movie is fiction… but so much sounds true!!