We've been packing the car up, but there is some extra baggage coming with us..... Old timey school desks! My grandparents have about 6 in their basement and they were planning on getting rid of them so they sent an email out asking if anyone wanted them. I said yes! I have lots of memories playing school in Grama's basement as a little kid. We are taking two desks back with us. I'm not going to show any pictures (mainly because I don't want to run downstairs to take a picture of the remaining desks) or tell you what I'm going to do with the desks.... But I do have a plan brewing in the windmills of my mind.
But this blog post is not about the desks. It is about typewriters. I have always thought typewriters are pretty cool but never really got further than that.... I'm not really sure what made me suddenly interested in typewriters. It might be because Miss Jack Lewis Baillot mentioned she bought one. Or it might be because Kit Kittredge the American Girl Doll has a typewriter that is very special to her (an American Girl decided to retire it!! Read the books before you retire things AG!). In the Kit movie, Kit uses her typewriter and it just looks fun.... Although pieces and parts are broken and the "E" doesn't work (in the books her dad and brother fix the typewriter and surprise Kit. It's very sweet).
Anyway, down in Grama's basement, among piles of other stuff, are two typewriters.
There is this electronic one which works very well and makes bold, black, beautiful letters:
This typewriter is from the 1940's. My great-grandfather bought it in 1954 (I believe) for $60. My Grandpa used it to write college papers and my mom wrote her high school papers on it. As of today, when Grandpa dies, that typewriter is going to be mine. I'm going to go put a piece of tape on it that says, "ABBEY."
I wrote a bit on this typewriter as well as the other one. The letters on this one aren't as strong, and I fear the ink on the ribbon is running low, so when I get this typewriter it will probably be for show.
If Grandpa would have let me, I would take it right now. I would set it on the school desk.
Having a piece of family history this old and with so much history makes me happy. I love old things.