Another Typewriter

I might have a little problem.

Vintage 1960s Smith Corona Model 6se. . . I think.

So. I might have a little problem. I bought another typewriter. But hey, this one is electric! And as you can tell by the letters on the page (obviously not on the screen), it works! It does buzz and protest a little bit when you first turn it on, but then it settles down and just hums quietly… sort of.. There’s a little growl every now and then, and sometimes, it gets overzealous with the period key.

I bought another typewriter. But hey, this one is electric!

But there is just something magical that has captured me. The sound of the click? Maybe the ding of the carriage? Or maybe it’s because there is an actual physical interaction that produces a very real and immediate physical result. (You don’t have to click print and wait for something to be printed. Something else I just thought out. It’s a very hands-on result.) I mmediately. Huh, sorry about the randospacrisian. I’ll explain that one later.

I probably should tell my wife that I asked my mom for her polariod cameras. It’s weird. It’s like I’m rebelling against the digital age. (A new thought here, I’ve spent so much of my life letting it consume me. From my very first PC in 1997 to what I do for a living — always electronic.) My physical typewriter, my instant physical print of a photo. Is it because we’ve lost some connection with our physical world through all of our digital interaction?

Is it because we’ve lost some connection with our physical world through all of our digital interaction?

That might be taking it a little too far. But I do feel there is some truth hiding there. I mean, look at the new push by VR (yes, virtual reality is coming back hard.) Interjection. This font is so 1960s! It’s awesome!

Brother Charger 11 Courier? on the left. Cool sans-retro Smith-Corona something or other on the right.

Maybe I’m on to something here with my love of physical media. It could hold that thing that I’ve been looking for. That thing to get passionate about? I don’t know yet. But I’m going to keep investigating (woah, got a little carried away and pushed the margin on that one — really pushed it on the actual typed piece.)

And I bought my wife a cedar chest today, so at least she got something too. I am thankful for people who didn’t just throw this typewriter away and for my wife who let me buy it.

Now I need to look up vintage 1960s Smith-Corona model 6se typewriters and see if I can learn what all of the buttons really do on this thing. I do like typing on my Brother Charger 11 mechanical, but this one is cool too.

Another note since I originally typed this. I’ve given my kids free reign on the Smith-Corona. The electric is easier for them to type on. They are 4, 6 and 7 years old currently and they can each load and operate the typewriter appropriately. I think some of their stories will find their way here. I’ll have to create a special section for them. I love to see what they put on paper and they love to have it happen right in front of them.