While others around me smile ear to ear describing their newest cellphones, fancy computers, ipods and game systems (half the time I have no idea what they're even talking about), this is what I bring home!
A 1940s-era manual typewriter and she works like a dream! I went to the most horrible flea market and the only redeeming item there was this old girl. It was selling for $35, which was a fantastic price, but with kids needing new shoes, I just couldn't justify spending it on something frivolous and walked away.
It haunted me. Then I figured I could try to resell it. I've seen keys alone sell for $50 on Ebay. Sure! That's what I'll do! Before I left, I returned and asked the woman if she would take $25 for it and to my great surprise, she said yes. Considering I NEVER haggle, I was very proud of myself and really need to do that more often!
Who was I kidding? This baby was MINE! It's so....industrial!
The poor ladies who used to type on these must have had hands of steel and fingers of rubber! You really need to press down hard to make the keys reach the page and look how far apart they are from each other.
Hearing the hard *snap* of the keys against the paper, the old-style font, and the ringing bell when I reach the end of my margin, fill me with nostalgia and the romance of bygone times.
The irony of my getting this typewriter is that I searched all over for rubber stamps that resembled old typewriter keys, and now I've got the REAL thing!
Modern gadgets are amazing and I adore the benefits of the internet and computers. But, I need to keep it simple. Sometimes I feel like an old soul trapped in the wrong decade. Can anyone relate? Or am I just a freak of nature?