Putting on a type-in last year was a lot of fun, so I was happy to be asked by the Evanston Literary Festival to host one again. This year it was at my favorite secondhand bookstore in Evanston: Squeezebox Books & Music. Rather than setting the typewriters at a table together for a shared typing … Continue reading Scenes from another Evanston type-in
Among my blog's available stats are search terms people used that brought them to my site. One recent search made me chuckle: "smith corona corsair not a proper typewriter" This most likely brought them to my post Cursing the Corsair. Let me tell you, I've called my Corsair far worse things than "not proper".
Awhile back a patron donated a grey Smith Corona Corsair Deluxe typewriter to my library. She didn't know why it wasn't working but didn't want to spend the time and effort to figure it out. Little did she know she brought it to one of the few libraries in the area where someone actually cared … Continue reading Cursing the Corsair: typewriter repair as character building
This is the view of my typing station. It is currently manned by my Smith-Corona Electra, flanked by Life from a succulent and Light from an owl lamp, buttressed by a Jackalope typewriter pad I highly recommend, and supported by a typing desk I inherited from my typist grandmother, and it is quickly becoming my … Continue reading Life, light, and typing at the bliss station
This might be my prettiest machine. I found it not long after I read The Typewriter Revolution (which set me off on this maniacal hobby in the first place) in a cardboard box for an AT&T electric typewriter at a Goodwill. It was marked $5, either because it didn't have its original case, or no one … Continue reading Typewriter Files: 1960 Smith Corona Electra 12
I've gone a little typewriter mad lately. In addition to my grandma's IBM Selectric I, I've recently acquired a Smith-Corona Classic 12, Royal Futura 800, Rover 5000 Super deLuxe, Smith-Corona Skyriter, and a Smith-Corona Electra 12. All at thrift stores or antique shops and all for $30 or less. They are all fixer-uppers in one way or … Continue reading All You Can Do Is Type