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)
(Link to file on SoundCloud)
This is the musical sound of “16 typewriters, 18 calculator machines, 8 accounting machines, 12 office perforators, 10 caisses enregistreuses, 8 humidificateurs-colleurs, 8 tele-scripteurs, 2 metronomes, 4 bells of signalisation, 2 entrance door gongs, 10 claxons, 16 telephones, 40 experimental signal receptors, 1 fork lift, a duplicator and a monte-charge” and it was recorded in 1964. Freakin’ amazing!
(via The Atlantic)
Beneath this beautiful wrapping paper and twine is a new-to-me Hermes Rocket typewriter.
The Hermes Rocket is a slimline manual typewriter is battleship grey with minty green keys. It was designed to be durable and portable, weighing about 8lbs with the case/lid.
It was acquired through the Letter Writers Alliance and is a fine piece of machinery kept and maintained in great working condition. Its about 60 years old and will continue to be useful for another 60 years if I can keep it in ribbons.
On that note, I’ve found that Scantracker (out of Kansas City, KS) is an excellent source for typewriter ribbon including the two-color red/black ribbons. Their website is a little antiquated but I got my pack of ribbons in just three days at a great price.