10 thoughts on “The Revolution Has Begun

  1. I have a Royal Quiet DeLux circa 1937. It is in a case and is very heavy. There are only a few places I have found on the internet where I can get ink ribbons for it. I to was tramitized in a typing class I took in high school, to me it is a family antique and I will keep it for that reason but as far as using it I will not.
    I remember the Cortez Peters business school where friends attended in DC and could type at phenomenal speed but that was never my aspiration. I am about a typewriter as Pres. Bush was about broccoli. Don’t like it and not going to use it 🙂

    1. Hey, Ma! I would love to see your Royal! I bet it’s pretty! My dad said my grandmother typed on a Royal portable. I wish he had it. I tried to get my hands on my maternal grandfather’s manual one, but lost that battle and was given his electric one instead. The later models of manual typewriters aren’t as hard to type on as the one you have. The keys on the manual one I have depress fairly easily. I’m anxious to either get it fixed or buy a refurbished manual one. I just love everything about typing with a typewriter. 🙂

  2. I loved reading this post – and I also like that you chose to scan and print the draft as it was composed on your typewriter! I know I am romanticizing, but it hints at character and personality in a way that our blogging software can’t suggest. You’ve brought up so much that resonates with me! Both my Grandmother and mother attended the same commercial business high school on Detroit, so I grew up with people taking pride in penmanship, stenographer tablets about the house, and I remember being so impressed that my grandmother owned not one but TWO Underwood typewriters! In the late 1970s my parents gave me my own personal typewriter – it was orange and had an orange case, so I wonder if I had the same model as your dad?!
    Isn’t it amazing how much bad writing goes into making good writing? Writing IS work, and I think its wonderful to utilize tools and methods that are witness to the humility and magic of the task. ( I still write in cursive in plain notebooks for my initial drafts).
    I, too, did poorly when I took typing in high school, and, to this day I have my own method of identifying and pressing keys on a keyboard that have nothing whatsoever to do with what my instructors tried to impart on the humongous IBM electric typewriters we had to learn on?.

    1. Hi, Leslie! I couldn’t agree more with everything you just said. Funny thing about typing…I did just as you did..developed my own method for identifying and pressing keys. When I was a freshman in college and had the choice to write or type the paper, I just sat down and said “okay…I can do this.” After a few weeks, I was typing at lightning speed. I also learned on those IBM Selectrics. My hubby loves them and wants me to buy one of those instead. But I want totally manual! My Grandpa’s electric will suffice until I either fix my manual one or purchase a working one.

  3. Your grandmother used to have a black Royal Portable, came with a case. It was really cool. Back in the nineties one of my supervisors used to carry his typewriter to and from work because he didn’t want to use the computer. He was a published author and thought it was downright noble. I offered proffered another perspective, i.e, if he was wealthy then he was just a bit eccentric. Otherwise he was just plain nuts. BTW those old manual typewriters won’t spot homonyms either (as in bare vs bear) 🙂 Do you really want to do this? You always were an incurable romantic but this is bordering on masochism. Oh well, here’s to broken fingernails, scouring Amazon or perhaps going to the Amazon searching for ribbons, misaligned keys and blue language filling the air upon the discovery of original words.
    Love you,
    Dad

    1. I’m sure I want to do this. 😀 I wish you still had grandma’s. I would love to type on a typewriter that one of my grandparents owned.

  4. Wow, what timing! I just listened to a podcast with one of the Typewriter Rodeo guys, and it brought back an pretty powerful desire to reacquire an old typewriter and start using it. Slow writing is a lot like slow food or even slow dancing. Just because we can blaze along and look productive does mean that the output is better.

    Keep it up! John

    1. Thanks, John! I’ve discovered a whole world of typewriter insurgents/enthusiasts who have the most amazing machines! They’ve totally rebuilt them with new paint jobs and everything. It’s quite fascinating!

    1. Thank you, Morgan. The spacing is off because they are image files of the scanned typed pages, but I’m working on it! I hope you’ll come back often. 😉

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