Wednesday, July 08, 2009

An Antique Typewriter

I have a passion for old things. I could tell you stories about searches through abandoned houses with my friend Katie and the things we saw.... and I love junk stores. Antique stores are cool, but the antique junk stores are the best. They're the ones where you just don't quite know what you're going to get -- crap or treasure.

This is a treasure. A 1908 Remington Standard 10 typewriter that still essentially works (if I could find a ribbon). The keys work, the carriage return works, and the bell works. It's so heavy I'd break a foot and the floor if I dropped it. I cleaned it up a bit but it's still a little rusty and a bit crusty but I LOVE it.

My office is full of little treasures here and there -- things that people have made for me, things that I've collected -- old tea cups, the beginning of an antique camera collection, acorns Zack brought to me -- and I love being surrounded by these things. My desk is such a horror of paperwork and things that must be done NOW and things that should have been done last MONTH that it's nice to turn around in the chair and see all the pretty things.

I'd love to see YOUR pretty things -- comment below and send me your links!


You can view more pretty things -- Lori Anderson's jewelry -- at www.lorianderson.net

10 comments:

  1. I bought an old Underwood typewriter at a garage sale. Very similar!

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  2. my grandma has a very old typewriterlooks very similar to yours but maybe not as big. I have begged her for it since I was little. She always talks about how shes going to give it to me once Im "settled". I cannot wait! Great find!

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  3. That is a beauty for sure. I rarely even see old typewriters.

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  4. I have to say that old typewriters are something that I've never thought about collecting.

    Pretty much the only thing I collect is cobalt blue glass bottles.

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  5. What a neat typewriter! My only collection is of pennies - Lincoln Cents (with the wheat on the back). I also seem to collect plants as gifts and it drives my husband crazy (although I think he secretly likes them).

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  6. cool typewriter! I'm can't say I really collect old things, but I have a nice collection of art and ethnic statues that I enjoy looking at, especially for inspiration.

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  7. Did you blog about "Those Who Save Us"? Because I read about it on a blog some time ago and it's taken this long to get the book from the library. I read it in about one day - I am fascinated by that era (WWII). Here's what I thought of it: I thought the firsthand WWII stories were wonderful and resonant. I didn't love the writing in the beginning but I figure that it's because (I feel) that she wanted to write Anna's story so the writing there was exquisite but she didn't feel the same way about Trudy's story so it wasn't as well done. I forgive her for the writing not being completely perfect, because overall the story was such a good one, and not overly sentimental. Thanks for asking!

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  8. I love old things with history too!!

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  9. What a cool find! I love how you put it on the dresser with the new computer tower. =D

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  10. Wonderful find!
    I share your passion for treasure hunting. My favorite is the unexpected country barn sale. Blowing dust off of crates and old steamer trunks to then pry open... one of the joys of life! I love collecting and using antique tools in my work. This photo shows one of my old trusty hammers and a hand carved 19th century steel stamp: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beyondtherockz/3493519324/

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