Saturday, November 27, 2010
Finds, loot, stash...from the Fancy Flea
Who knew that there was a market for vintage typewriters in this age of technology? Not I. But, "Each man has his peculiar interests" to quote Lincoln, and so it goes with musty old office equipment also. I found a place that repairs them about two hours from where I live. Not really fancying the drive, but what can a seeker of art supplies (oh yes, that's why I wanted this baby to work, so I can use it for making vintage looking text to add to mixed media work) do?
Well, one invites one's handy husband to take a look at one's "new" typewriter. So get this! My husband - who took apart many of his family's appliances as a child and apparently reassembled most of them - fixed up the vintage typewriter for me! He whisked it off to the garage, and emerged with it cleaned, oiled, and running beautifully. I couldn't believe it. I ordered it new ribbons this week - and it should be in pretty good shape at that point. Particularly for a 75 year old machine. Did you know there is a typewriter database? Oui. Mine is a 1936 Royal Model 0 standard portable typewriter; I'm very pleased with it.