On occasion I enjoy a bit of antiquing and a trip to a series of shops proves relaxing and sometimes I find a little treasure. I have a very modest collection of manual typewriters and recently acquired a 1926 Underwood No. 5. The No. 5 was probably the most massed produced of the Underwood’s in the early part of the 20th century. It is in wonderful condition. Not quite mint, but it has a lot of character. Some of you, like me may have taken actual typing classes in school, not keyboarding skills. It takes a bit of strength to hit those keys hard enough to put ink to paper, my laptop’s keyboard could attest that some habits are hard to break.
I found this typewriter at one of my favorite shops Marketplace Antiques
The folks at this shop are some of the nicest you will meet anywhere. Always, very helpful and make the shopping experience special.
I have a romantic notion that one day I will type out an entire novel on one of my manual typewriters and have it bound.
Apparently, Tom Hanks also have a love of manual typewriters and has written a book about these wonderful machines. A dear friend gave me a copy of the book, and it is on my “to be read” list. But, Uncommon Type, looks fascinating.
As a writer, these excursions to the antique shops are a wonderful way to take a break from writing and also find inspiration in the process.
Another of my hobbies when I am not writing is knitting, this week also includes a baby blanket for a friend with a new grandson.
I’m also finishing up a ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) for another author who will be launching their book next week. More about that later.
Enjoy the impending weekend!