As I explore the world of WordPress I keep seeing pictures of old typewriters, just a shot of some of the keys, or even antique typesetting pieces. I purchased an old typewriter last year off eBay to use as a prop. The typewriter I used in the 70s and 80s long gone, I looked for a typewriter that was more artistic that useful. I did not miss the old days of correcting errors with whiteout, strip tape or gawd forbid, an eraser.
Why are many of us attracted to antiques? I am as guilty as anyone in my unabashed luv of artifacts from the last two centuries. Heck, I have a pump organ, also known as a harmonium, in my entryway. You know across from the early 20th century tube radio. And in the garage you will find a ‘57 Schwinn Wasp in pristine condition. Mostly I just look at these things, well when I’m moving slow enough to notice them.
So I’m wondering, is the typewriter still an icon for the world of writing? Or is it just wistful art, a curiosity from days long past? How many of our kids can identify a typewriter as a writing utensil?
Just to tie this up for a blog that is mostly about music, the sax pictured here is a fully functional, albeit rare, Conn F Mezzo soprano saxophone. It is sized between the soprano and alto in the saxophone family. This was a picture that I took for the Woodwind Forum calendar. It made the cover. :O)