July 28, 2011

Typewriter Love

Is it wrong to love an inanimate object?


I found Kate at an estate sale last weekend. According to her serial number, she was born in 1925.

She's a little dusty and needs some cosmetic work, but for an 86 year old she's in pretty good shape.


I originally bought her with thoughts of reselling her, but as soon as I brought her home and put a piece of paper in her, she was mine.


How long has it been since I've heard the bell ring on a typewriter? I had totally forgotten about the sound, but it really is pretty sweet.

You've accomplished something when you hear that sound. Another line typed. Time to throw the carriage return lever. Advance the paper. Go on to the next line.

You just don't get the same sense of achievement from the automatic word wrapping (or whatever you call that feature) on a computer keyboard where you just type and type and type and occasionally hit the mute enter key.


I don't even know what all her levers and such do anymore. It used to be so much a part of us, now it is so foreign. How quickly we forget.


I'll be attempting to restore Kate to her younger glory days. Nothing major, just cleaning, oiling and removing some rust. I imagine I may have to roll some new ribbon on the old spools.


Kate is one classy Royal.


39 comments:

  1. I kick myself all the time for not keeping my Dad's Underwood typewriter! It so overwhelming at the time deciding what to keep. I think it is a gorgeous find!

    ReplyDelete
  2. She is absolutely wonderful. I use to type on one almost exactly like that. Such a treasure. Hugs, Marty

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'd keep Kate too. I got rid of my old Smith Corona torqoise typewrite a few years back. Why did I do that. It was from the 60's, not as old as Kate. Can you still buy those ribbons.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love old type writers. They are really pretty awesome. I wish that more people cherished these.

    ReplyDelete
  5. VERY cool Pam!! Typewriters are certainly a thing of the past -- like manual dial phones -- our kids will have no idea how to work them :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

    ReplyDelete
  6. Keep her for sure. I could never type manually. It was the only subject I ever made a C in. Those keys are delightful♥

    ReplyDelete
  7. She's a beaut. There's nothing wrong with loving an inanimate object. I do it ALL the time.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love those old typewriters. I have been looking for one for quite a while. I learned to type on an old Royal..and drove my teacher mad because I banged the keys so hard!;>) The one you got is a beauty! xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
  9. She is a real beauty, Pam. She found a wonderful home with you.

    ReplyDelete
  10. She is a beauty! Love me some Kate.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I once saw a photo of a pink typewriter and I sure feel in love with that, so I understand your love for Kate :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Nope, not wrong at all. She's a beauty. Love her and I'd have to keep her for a while too.Enjoy.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Time never takes the great memories.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Kate has a great deal of character. She will be beautiful restored. I can see why you love her.

    ReplyDelete
  15. She's definitely a keeper! Can't wait to read your first novel!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. I have an old Royal that is on display in my family room. Not nearly as elegant as yours, but Iove love love it!

    ReplyDelete
  17. A little work and your typewriter will look good as new, Pam. They really do make a fun accessory! I love the clickety clack sound of the keys. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Kate is a beaut!!!!

    Have fun.

    Melinda

    ReplyDelete
  19. You found a great one Pam! She is very pretty and I love the sounds of typewriters as well. :) I can't wait to see her all dolled up. :)
    xo

    ReplyDelete
  20. what a pretty old thing...my then 10 year old daughter bought a vintage typewriter at a yard sale last year and loves the clackity clack sound the keys make when she types...i don't know what we'll do when the ribbon runs out! thanks for linking up to fridays unfolded!

    alison

    ReplyDelete
  21. We trashed one that was in an old office building my husband bought. Darn it.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I am visiting via Romantic Homes.

    What wonderful treasure!

    Have a happy weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  23. How lovely and I have to tell you Kate's brother is living on my coffee table and he says to say Hi!....LOL I love Vintage Typewriters too! Kit

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love old tyepwriters too. I still have 2 from my family that have survived all of these years. Yours looks great!
    Faye

    ReplyDelete
  25. Too bad my dad is no longer living or he would have it back into shape in a jiffy. He used to have his own typewriter repair business in our house when I was growing up and we had ones like yours sitting all over the basement floor. You're right...we were used to those kinds of things for much of our lives and now look how far technology has come! Nice find!~Hugs, Patti

    ReplyDelete
  26. Don't you just love it! Makes me think of all the people that actually typed on those keys.

    I have a much smaller vintage typwriter sitting on top of the table I featured in this linky party.


    xoxo Bunny Jean

    ReplyDelete
  27. Kate sure is a beauty! They made things so lovely years ago!

    ReplyDelete
  28. You found a real treasure!

    My mom used to sit at the kitchen table at night typing quizzes and tests for her business classes on a manual typewriter. I loved to hear the keys, the carriage return, and the dings.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Kate is looking might fine for her ripe old age. I'd be making a few noises and need some oil here and there too. I have one typewriter that I've kept for myself. I think she needs a name.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

    ReplyDelete
  31. What a darling blog! And I love this typewriter. I don't own one {or hardly anything old}, but I think they're so cool!

    Warmly, Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  32. This has been on my "list of wants" for a long time -- I just love these old beauties! We had one in our basement at home growing up . . . wish we had kept it!

    ReplyDelete
  33. This is a great find! You are justified in being excited about it :).

    ReplyDelete
  34. Your blog is GORGEOUS!!! You are doing a great job! I am signing on. I love your typewriter. I bought one for ten bucks last year dated 1917 and I love her, too. She was all nasty in a cardboard box with webs and grossness. Aren't the funny lettered keys just darling??? andrea @ townandprairie

    ReplyDelete
  35. Such a great little gal! She's in wonderful shape for sure. And I DO love that bell. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

    ReplyDelete
  36. This classic typewriter is just beautiful. Love that you named her Kate.

    Cheers! Reese

    http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com
    http://rambleswithreese.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  37. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This post is added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to comment! I read and appreciate everything you have to say.

ShareThis

nRelate Posts Only