Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Take a Course and GET a typewriter

I love typewriters and I love teaching writing.  A big part of my collection lives in my office at school and I have long noticed how children are drawn to this writing tool.  

This revelation has inspired me to develop a graduate course for teachers that focuses on the best strategies for teaching young writers and includes a typewriter in the cost of tuition.  That's right, includes a typewriter.  While I am offering this course in a blended format in Vermont with one day in person and the balance of the course in an online format, I can offer a totally online version to anyone in the United States.  I will find a way to ship you a typewriter if you cannot find your own.  

This course will be a blast and I hope you can join me.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

WWII Corona

Yesterday I posted about what looked like an ordinary Smith-Corona Speedline from the late 30's to early 40's.  I already own a Silent and a Sterling from this era so I was not too excited about this Corona Standard until I took a close look at its keyboard.


If you look at the number zero on this keyboard you can see that it has a diagonal slash through it.  I looked at the type slugs and my hunch was correct, this machine was manufactured for the military during WWII.  


This kind of typewriter is known as a mill.  Each of its keys types only in capital letters so as to be easy to read.  The number zero has a slash through it so it would not be confused with the letter "O."


Looking up its serial number in the Typewriter Database, I believe this Corona was made in 1943, a time when typewriters were only available to the military.  Civilian production had stopped and would not pick up until after the war.


Believe it or not, I passed on this beauty.  I already have a mill from 1942 which was made for the US Navy.  So, there it sits at Sweeten Creek Antiques in Asheville, NC for anyone who wants to make the trip and pay just $75.





Saturday, July 29, 2017

Typewriter Safari: Asheville, North Carolina

Once you start hunting for typewriters it's hard to stop, even when you are vacationing in Asheville, NC.  Asheville has a terrific arts scene with some typewriter images and typewriter theater!

Patricia's work can be found in an old Woolworth's store converted into an art gallery.

Walter's  work, The Art of Abandonment, had many cool images including  this Fox.

Hurry to Asheville to catch this musical theater adaptation of the children's book Click, Clack, Moo.  July 20-30.


Sweeten Creek Antiques had SO MANY typewriters!

Child's Sears Typewriter


Underwood 5 with some cool tab stops


I imagine these are accounting tab stops.


Hermes 2000 for $40 but, alas, no ribbon cover.

Here we have the common SC Sterling for about $45


A Royal Aristocrat barely hanging in there with a bent ribbon cover for about $40.  I couldn't help but unjam the keys before I walked on.


An accounting Underwood.


Remington 3 or 4, not quite sure.  Nice machine for $75.


An Underwood 3 which looks like the Underwood I just acquired for about $85.


Smith Corona Flat-Top for $85.


A Smith Corona Standard for $75

I noticed something different about this Speedline when I looked at the keyboard.  Do you see it too?  Post your guess about what made this Smith-Corona special in the comments below.

So, I ended up leaving all of these typewriters in North Carolina.  Which one might you have taken home?  Did you guess what made the Corona Speedline special?












Friday, July 28, 2017

Chloe and the Storm

Here is installment number 5 for Joe Van Cleave's "Typing Assignments" project based on "It was a dark and stormy night."



This piece was inspired, in part, by my recent acquisition of a Underwood 5 via Craigslist.  The sellers had just bought a camp on Lake Champlain and found this old Underwood in one of the closets.  Alas, the Underwood will not be ready for a typing assignment until I get it cleaned out and tuned up.  I typed this piece on an equally old Remington Portable from the 1920's.  The Remington was the only elite machine at my house and I needed every inch to get this story to fit on one page!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Hound and the Fox

Here is my fourth post to Joe Van Cleave's typewriting project.  His prompt was to write about that old pangram: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.  Having two hound dogs myself, this was pretty fun!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Joe Van Cleave Writing Assignment #3: The Hangout

Joe Van Cleave's typewritten assignments continue to have great responses.  Here is my assignment number three describing my childhood hangout.  It was typed on my Olympia SM8. I think I am turning into an Olympia man!


As a technical aside, I am playing around with photographing my typed page.  I get excellent results when I scan my page with the photocopier at school but I have no scanner at home.  I have trouble with getting shadows in my image when I lay it down on a table to take a photo.  Today I taped my page to the wall so I could photograph it straight on.  Still not perfect but I like the results  a little more.