Penelope Cruz and Robert De Niro present at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES TAGS: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-SHOW)
I’ve been scouring the internet trying to get some information about the typewriters used as a backdrop in last night’s Oscars broadcast during the Best Writing categories. Did you see them? I haven’t been able to find any information about the typewriters, who owns them or where they came from (the Museum The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, maybe?). If anyone finds any information, please leave a note in the comments.
Somehow, in my searching, I found this photo instead:
( New York Public Library )
Nine women pose on a really big typewriter on display at the Underwood Elliott Fisher Exhibit at the New York World’s Fair, 1939-40.
Thank you, internet non sequitur.
When someone mentions “typewriter” and “calendar” in the same sentence, my ears prick right up. Add in a little paper mechanic magic and I am already writing the blog post in my head.
This darling little desktop calendar stands in its own 3D foldable typewriter. Just print out the pieces and assemble. Consider it as a great Tuesday morning office project. It is available for instant download for $4.99 via Sky Goodies on Etsy.
(tip via Teri of Fiberterian)
I’m taking off for the Labor Day weekend but will be back, re-inked, freshly sharpened and opened to a clean page on Tuesday. In the meantime, enjoy the diverse collection of links this week and feel free to explore the archives! Happy Labor Day!
Paper and Notebooks:
You read the headline correctly. Death AND the typewriter. More specifically death certificates. Government documents are still typed on a typewriter and there is still one surviving typewriter manufacturer in the US. Its a company called Swintec, best known for their clear plastic typewriters sold to prisons. Read more at WSJ.
If you love vintage typewriters, you’ll enjoy this tour of Pieritz in Oak Park which is filled with wonderful old machines. The tour is led by vintage aficionado Bradley Paul during a recent Letter Writers Alliance Letter Writing Social.
I have been following lots of office supply geeks and letter writers, artists and designers and I just thought I’d share some of my favorite Instagram photos from the last few weeks.
Clockwise from top right: Uppercase’s Crafting Supplies, Pencil drawing of Sug-ums by Eabaddeley, Caran D’ache candy colored mechanical pencils found at Greer Chicago by DovBee and Vintage Airmail Envelopes by Scoutshonorco
Clockwise from top right: Canadian protractor ruler by Rad + Hungry, Paper Delivery by IvanR, Notemaker J. Herbin ink bottles, and Pencil Pal Pencils from LetterLoves(I sent them to her)
Clockwise from top right: Vitagum erasers captured at Hammerpress by HelloBF, Portuguese wax crayons from Rad + Hungry, Office work space by Pugly Pixel and New-to-her Smith-Corona typewriter from Adamihasegawa
This is another bit of vintage office packaging from my ever-growing collection. The box included the metal spools and the two-tone ribbon. Written in pen on the box from the previous owner, “old spools replaced 3/1/88″. I wonder if she bought this box in 1988 or if it was in her office for 20 years?
Oh, the little paper ephemera treasures!
According to the BBC, there are five reasons to still use a typewriter.
- Refuseniks: AKA Luddites
- To Be Cool
- No Electricity
- Aesthetics: making art with typewriters or matching the look of a specific time period
- Weddings: Huh?
If you have a typewriter, why do you use it?
(article via BBC, photos by me!)
Vintage toy typewriter collection. Mmmmm, start the love of typewriters and writing young!
(via Collectors Weekly)