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If you've been reading my blog for a while, you already know that Rick gifted me with a Kindle for my birthday. He also gave me a truly unique present to add to my growing collection of antiques and vintage what-nots -- a Blickensderfer No. 7 typewriter patented in 1897. It is also considered the first portable typewriter, weighing only five pounds.
I don't know what it is about antique typewriters that I love so much. Maybe it's because I learned to type at age eight and have been burning up the keys since then. Maybe it's because I like to imagine all the things that have been typed on those keys -- love letters, tearful poems, a great novel.
This typewriter came in complete working order, and I wanted to type just a few words on it, to see what it was like. Imagine my confusion when I couldn't find the right letters under my fingers!
This typewriter was made with a pre-QWERTY keyboard (QWERTY being the one you are used to now) -- letters just aren't where you expect them to be. Because it operates with a rotating ball system, there are no keys to get jammed, which is why QWERTY was invented in the first place -- typists got so fast they'd jam two neighboring keys together and gum up the works.
ANYWAY. This is my second antique typewriter (my first being a Remington 10 that would break every bone in your foot if you dropped it) and I'm thrilled with it.
It's truly, to me, a Pretty Thing.
When Lori isn't collecting old things, she's making jewelry for www.lorianderson.net.
She also writes the blog "An Artist's Year Off".