Tennessee Typer…

Buy a typewriter and you may get interested in the people who used it.

Tennessee William’s work is so famous that shouting out “Stella!” will get a reaction.  As well as saying: “I’ve always depending on the kindness of strangers”… even if you have never read his plays or gone to seen one. (Of course shouting out: “Bob” will get a reaction as well…)

Typed on a 1966 Studio 44 by Underwood-Olivetti
Typed on a 1966 Studio 44 by Underwood-Olivetti

Before the billing changed: Underwood-Olivetti

At one time the top of the typewriter said: “Olivetti – Studio 44”, then the Studio 44 went to the rear and Underwood-Olivetti went on top.  Then it became Olivetti-Underwood.  What’s in a name expect.. to help tell the age of the typewriter?

Back when it was Underwood-Olivetti (1966)
Back when it was Underwood-Olivetti (1966)

 

My “Brother” the “Wizard” (typewriter 1964)

The purple ribbon comes from The Vintage Typewriter Shoppe!; they also have Green, Red and Pink.  I will be trying out the green soon.  I thought at first I could live without ever typing on a Brother typewriter.   Some thing like never needing to drive a VW Bug…  Things change.  It would be too easy to call this typewriter “Harry” so I’ll just call him: “OZ”.

The yellow brick road took me to a 1964 Wizard.
The yellow brick road took me to a 1964 Wizard.

 

Computer Owner 23 years… Typewriter Owner One.

Almost hard to believe just how long computers have been around.  I worked on one at work in 1977 and bought my first PC for my home in 1990.  Then there was that movie Desk Set with Hepburn and Tracy that was made 55 years ago (1957) about computers being brought into the work place.  I keep wanting to think of computers and the PC as something that just occurred but “not true” books about intelligent computers “Moon is a Harsh Mistress” dates back to 1965… TANSTAAFL!  Their ain’t no such thing as a free lunch…  (I find it amazing that spell check did not see TANSTAAFL as a misspelled word. )

1966 Hermes typewriter...
1966 Hermes typewriter…

Before the blog… I typed letters.

This time one year ago I owned just two typewriters and was typing letters to friends.  Little did I know…

Although my first letters were typed on either a 1960’s Olympia or a 1925 Underwood… I recreate parts of my letters on a 1956 Underwood that was next in line for use.

Typed on a 1956 Underwood... that I never expected to buy.
Typed on a 1956 Underwood… that I never expected to buy.

As the spool turns (a typeopera)

Another day behind the keyboard…

Staring the 1925 Underwood Standard 8 with typing by Gee
Staring the 1925 Underwood Standard 8 with typing by Gee

The typewriter forgets who lifts the heavy load and presses the keys and thinks of what to say… with out me… you are just a display… so thought Gee.

But what are thoughts… and muscles… without a muse to inspire and to work with as a team… thinks Gee of his Underwood…

 

End the day on a up key…

Among the many things I have strived for this year is to end each day on a upswing.  No matter what the day may have been… I want to end on a positive.  I think of my typewriters as a “muse” of joy.  I only want positive thoughts to end up on my page.  I wish for each day to end and begin with peaceful thoughts and hopes.  Not a bad way to approach life.

Keys I pressed to brighten my day were on a 1959 Hermes 8 Typewriter.
Keys I pressed to brighten my day were on a 1959 Hermes 8 Typewriter.