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The Lingering Beauty of Vintage Typewriters

April 29, 2012

I recently had a friends kids over for the evening (14 and 11) and was surprised to see how fascinated they seemed to be with my old L.C. Smith typewriter. (Shown above) I have had this as long as I can remember and used to use it all the time. It has such a decorative, old-fashioned typeface and I have kept it all these years lugging it around from place to place. Needless to say it weighs a ton. Seeing my young friends so enthralled with it inspired me to write about it and to  show some other lovely vintage typewriters I’ve collected photos of. Below is a better photo of one exactly like mine…

I have another typewriter that I love which is from the mid 1960’s that I bought in a thrift shop about 20 years ago for $10 or so. Unfortunately it is way in the back of my closet loft so I have found a photo of one almost exactly like it, case and all.  It felt very modern to me after having used my L. C. Smith for so long.

Following are some gorgeous ones in colors I didn’t know existed in the typewriter world; red, pink, mint…

The space bar alone on this one is so gorgeous and the keys are such a lovely shade of seafoam.

I almost gave in and bought this just for the plaid case but the red and black ribbon and the green and black body is so stunning, it is no wonder it is italian.

Here is an adorable portable that I would have bought just for the pleasure of opening that case and finding such a compact and pleasing little grey surprise inside!

Above are 2 more humble yet efficient models from the 1950’s. I remember using one just like the grey Smith Corona in the office of our high school where I used to work during the summer. I can still feel the textured grey finish and hear those green keys tapping.

This looks like something the Jetsons would have had in their home.

This one is so neat and shiny it makes you want to put in a fresh piece of crisp paper and jump right into writing that novel you’ve been dreaming of.

This one is so bizarre, I’ve never seen anything like it! I think Jules Verne may have designed it…

I couldn’t finish without paying homage to one of my favorite subjects: vintage tins. Here are some gorgeous typewriter ribbon tins that I would love to own.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2012 4:15 am

    Having recently become the happy owner of an Aqua Smith Corona, I enjoyed your post.
    I haven’t yet bought a new ribbon, any suggestions?

    • May 9, 2012 4:52 pm

      Congratulations! I usually find my ribbon in a stationary store although I haven’t looked in awhile. They are becoming a bit hard to find. They usually come on a plastic spool and I have to wind it onto the metal spools on my typewriter. Enjoy!

      • May 10, 2012 2:28 am

        Good info, I’m going to try that rewind thing. Thanks so much.

  2. May 23, 2012 11:48 pm

    I have that aqua portable Smith Corona. I got it for Christmas in 1973!

  3. James permalink
    June 11, 2013 9:11 am

    Hi,

    I saw this old type writer on your sight and am putting together a new sight my self and wondered if I could use this picture as part of my web site contact form?

    Really cool if I could and didn’t want to just copy it with out a yes from you.

    All the best,

    James

    • June 11, 2013 3:49 pm

      Hi James, I’m not sure which photo you are referring to but I believe all the photos were taken from Ebay so I don’t owm the rights to any of them! Send me a link to your new site when you have it up!
      Lisa

      • James permalink
        June 11, 2013 4:39 pm

        The one I’m referring to is the one at the top of the page with the old type writer and the clock.

        All the best
        James

      • June 11, 2013 8:17 pm

        Oh. well that one belongs to me! Yes you can use it!

      • James permalink
        June 11, 2013 8:58 pm

        Many thanks.

        James

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