Saturday, October 30th, 2010

image of a 1925 Woodstock typewriter

I came within seconds of buying another old typewriter I found at the thrift store today. Not the one in the picture. That one was way too expensive. They were asking so much that I got the feeling it would still be there next week at a greatly reduced price, even though I don’t know jack about Woodstock typewriters. Maybe they’re worth their weight in gold even when they’re rusty and pieces of them are missing, and I just passed up a small fortune. Wouldn’t be the first time. Happens to me every day, as a matter of fact.

The one I very nearly bought was a Royal upright that looked as though it dated from the 1940’s. I would normally look up the serial number to pin down the exact year, but it had a prefix I couldn’t find in the data bases I usually check so I’m just guessing. It was well-used and dirty but the keyboard action was smooth, none of the keys stuck and it didn’t appear to be missing any parts. The key caps were the old style with glass tops and chrome rings that compel crazy people cut them off and make jewelry out of them, and were even more unusual for being flattened on the side nearest to the typist. Most interestingly, the machine had a key set I’d never seen before: several of the keys had mathematical symbols on them.

I didn’t have my camera with me when I found it, dammit, so after lunch I took a ride back to the store so I could get a few snapshots. When I told My Darling B I was going back to the thrift store to take some photos of an old typewriter I found there, she asked, “You’re not going to buy it?” I told her I already spent almost all my lunch money so all I could afford to do was take pictures, whereupon she offered me thirty dollars of her own money so I could add it to my collection. I didn’t take it, but it warmed the cockles of my heart to know she would chip in so I could clutter Our Humble O’Bode with yet another old typewriter.

The Keys to Love | 6:36 pm CDT
Category: daily drivel, entertainment, hobby, play, typewriters
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