Monday, May 9, 2011

"t" is for typewriter ...

... my new old typewriter that is.
I've been scouting around for one for a little while
and saw this blue one from the 60's.
I had to get it

I like the way my tea cup matches it
(Good Earth Tea - bracing and cozy all in one sip)

I'll be cleaning it,
first with rubbing alcohol and a stiff paint brush,

then I'll oil the gears.
It will be ready just in time for the Type-In downtown this weekend
(I hope it will be ready)


... and speaking of getting ready for something ....

I think these guys were getting ready all day ... all week ... all month ... all year
(senior prom kids .... the scene across the street on Saturday)

thanks for dropping by with your tea today
I love it when you do that


Elizabeth said...

I'm very jealous of that typewriter. It IS the perfect color blue. What will you write on it first?

Also, that photo is terrific. I love the wet streets, the parents taking photos -- it looks like something from LIFE Magazine!

NormaJ said...

Oh does that bring back memories.
I didn't learn to type on a computer. In fact it wasn't as pretty as your "new" machine. They were black with little round
letter buttons. Burrr Cling!

Nancy said...

Brings back memories of typing class, at first they weren't electric :) oh my, I'm dating myself!
I work tomorrow so will check all the tea posts late :) Hope you have a lovely day everyone.

Gayle said...

Love your vintage typewriter, very cool. Don't you love the "clack, clack" noise they make, some how more "wholesome and solid" than a plastic keyboard. Also great to see "proms" ( we call them "Formals" in Australia ) are the same all over the world, same suits, dresses, limos, parents, photos etc. Do you have "before" and "after" parties ? We have them here and they are usually the parents worst nightmare ! Happy tapping on your new machine and happy Tuesday tea to you. xx

sukipoet said...

fun typewriter. I do wonder how easy it is to get ribbons nowadays. The prom---wow. great shot.

~*~Patty S said...

It is always a delight to stop by never disappoint!
Wonderful typewriter you rescued...they certainly do not make them like that anymore
You really captured the Prom scene beautifully...Love that the umbrella is closed too :)
Happy T...I've missed everyone

Judy said...

I learned to type on a manual typewriter a million years ago. I had such STRONG fingers. :) Enjoy your new machine.

I, too, love the scene across the street from you...brings back more memories of days gone by.

Happy tea day...I'm off the spend a couple days with my mom while she recoups from some minor surgery.


Charade said...

I wonder if that's the same typewriter I got for HS graduation! It sure looks like it. Hope you were able to snag the case it came in, too.

La Dolce Vita said...

great typewriter and looks like a dry moment just long enough for a photo opp!! happy tea day! xo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That typewriter is gorgeous, especially in blue, my favorite color. How wonderful that you were able to find one in decent shape.

Two things struck me about the photo showing the prom kids. One was if that is your front yard, you have a stunning front flower garden and beds. And one was that community mail box system that has replaced all the mail boxes that sit on houses like mine. Lovely post that brings back memories of prom.

Jill said...

I have a few typewriters and have sold a couple in my Etsy shop. I intended to sell all of them and then realized how much I liked to use them. So now two of them sit under my table in my sewing room..two because they have different sized font (pica, I think is the right term). The color of this one is wonderful!
Happy Tuesday!

T's Daily Treasures said...

In the early 80's we had an electric typewriter that I used to type poems for a lady who brought her son to the nursery I worked at. She would pay me to type them as she hoped to have them published one day. Can you believe I had to use a typwriter when I worked at a law firm in Tuscaloosa in 1987-88 -- they only had a few computers around the office at that time. If I made a mistake that wasn't easily fixed, I'd had to start all over again. :/ Your typewriter is quite lovely! I do love that shade of blue. Enjoy! and have a great rest of the week. Tammy

McIrish Annie said...

work for a law firm and I'm the only one that still uses the old selectric we have. Sadly, the young ones don't even know how to load it with paper. I used to have them do their typing test on it but the senior partner thought I was being mean! LOL

*jean* said...

oo a project! i love stuff like that! i am jealous of your turquoise beauty...does she have a name???? happy t tuesday, dear kimmie

Terri Kahrs said...

Lucy YOU, Kimmie! I still love the old typewriters - they have such wonderful personalities. Enjoy! Love, Love, LOVE the prom picture! What a great capture! Hugs, Terri xoxo

voodoo vixen said...

Aaaah, another one who learned to type on such a treasure!! I had all the keys blanked out with bits of tape so I had to learn to touch type... and I still miss the clatter of the keys and ping at the end of the line and that quick zzzzzzzip as you locked it back to the beginning again... those were the days...
Happy Tea Tuesday!!

Teri said...

Looks like a sea of pink from your view! We saw a couple out to dinner on Saturday night all dressed up for the Prom too. It made me remember my prom years and years ago. Where does the time go? I have just unpacked my two typewriters and put them on the shelf after the move. I just may have to post something about them today. You have made me think about them Kim!

Nathalie Thompson said...

No tea post for me today (I am STILL under reconstruction!), but I am visting everyone else today (I NEED a break!)

I LOVE, LOVE, LoVe, typewriters! I own 3. Each one has it's own personality. I didn't clean any of them. One is particularly grungy (the keys are) so makes great wording for altered art. Yours is a beauty! BTW, I saw on etsy that someone had dead stock typewriter erasers-- the round kind with the brush attached. Cool that stuff like that still exists.


Halle said...

I want an old typewriter so badly. I've been keeping my eye out for one.
I see that long dresses are back in fashion for prom. Happy Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, I thought I was the only one but I see from the posts that I am not the only one who is green pea jealous over that typewriter! I just love, love, love your photographs of it. You done good girl :)
Beth P

Lynn said...

What will you type on that type writer...I can't imagine using one ever again...all that white out...those old carbon papers...memories of sitting on an old front porch pounding out papers for college...oy...bless you computer I treasure you. How I could have used you then.

Love your shot of the prom kids and parents taking their photos.

ooglebloops said...

Last again!!! Drop by if you get a chance!! Love the old typewriter!!

deb colarossi said...

oh.. what's not to love about all of this..
makes my heart happy ( even though it's heavy )
finding and making beauty are so essential , no?

lyndsay said...

Kim- It was really nice to have you there on Sunday. Your typewriter was one of my favorites :) I hope you enjoyed yourself. See you again soon around town.