type type type typety type type *ding*!

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  1. Don’t you love the racket these old typewriters make? πŸ™‚ I have a cast-iron (or whatever it is — heavy) Underwood. Not that I was around in its heyday but it’s fun as the forerunner of the laptop and Android keyboards I type on today.

    My favorite gift is one I gave. There was a house built by my family in the northwoods that we enjoyed for 30 years. It went out of the family and is missed. I went to Mixbook and created a book of photos and narration about the lake place for my parents.

  2. Wow – I love gifts like that.
    I have a “tie” for favorite gifts: My hubby gave me a delicate kitty face necklace. My son found the crewel-stitched picture of the Chessie kitty that I did for his nursery, and gave that to me!
    Looks like you had a super Christmas!

  3. OK, so I learned to type on a manual typewriter and had a typewriter similar to your Brother. My first job out of college as a reporter, I typed all of my news stories on an old manual typewriter. I am sooooooooooo thankful for computers. It’s so much easier than writing on a typewriter.

    As a side note, my daughter texted me from a coffee shop in eastern Wisconsin several weeks ago that a young man was typing on a manual typewriter. Sure enough, he had carted his with him to the coffee shop. I never would have thought that manual typewriters would be back in vogue. I’m glad you’re enjoying yours, but I sold my 1970s one many, many years ago at a garage sale.

  4. My favorite gift has to be either the owl hat my mother gave me or one of the many presents I gave myself. Chiefly, a new blog page about Spa Sensibility and what it means to be naked at the spa. I think I did a great job with it and honored the path that has brought me to this point in life as well while leaving room for growth and development in new areas. I also got myself two great Vera Bradley bags, the Bohemian Gothic Tarot from Baba Studios in Budapest, and mom got me a great calendar. Definately a good day and start of the second half of the holiday season.

  5. What a cool gift, I think I learned to type on one of those (in the 70s). Can’t believe it has been that long since I learned to type. One of the best life skills I ever learned.

  6. So, I’m sitting here in Spain with my cute little nieces, and I pull up your post, and they say, “What’s that???!!!” Fun to remember how far technology has taken us from typewriters and hand cranked car windows! I LOVE that blue typewriter and that post. My favorite gift this year was my new camera–that replaced the one I left on the roof of my car (see http://walkingpapers.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/christmas-at-the-palace/ for the full story!)

    Sending you all best wishes for 2012, Country Wife!

    xo, City Wife

  7. Loved this trip down memory lane! Having to pause to hit the return and adjust the ribbon…wow! We had an even older one once and I wish we had it now. I learned how to type on one in high school. I remember typing class with 20 students all clack-clacking away.

  8. I learned to type on an old Remington type writer…not sure how old it is, but it was “old” when I found it at a garage sale when I was about 15 years old.

    My best Christmas gift this year was when my 3 year old daughter ask me to come to a tea party she was having last night..

    Raven

  9. Oh, my, it’s a beauty! Talk about bringing back memories. I heard the tappity-tapping as you wrote.

    No question here about my favorite Christmas gift, since we don’t generally exchange presents: time spent solely with my husband, going for a good longish walk, a little drive, a bit of dinner, lazing around, chattering and watching TV, all without any particular goal except time spent together. Lucky lucky me!!!

    May your year ahead be full of marvelous time with the Country Man and in all other times and ways!
    xoxo,
    Kathryn

  10. I collect old typewriters, from beyond my day, all the old cast iron ones, though I usually only have them in black, I have an Oliver in army green with butterfly wing-style keys. I learned to type on a Selectric electric typewriter and the touch of that machine will always be my favorite. And there was at total of two fonts Courier and another I can’t remember. Anyone??
    Favorite gift I gave – After 13 years I gave my now 15yo+ nieces and nephew a photo book I created and wrote from a time when 7 of them were 2-6 yrs old and I took them all on the “Polar Express”. They’d told me they’d wondered about that all lives, believing they’d been to the North Pole, but not quite sure if it was a dream.
    Favorite gift I received – all of them cool socks from So Korea, Beautiful earrings my stepdaughter made, an Australian Silver Bullion coin (year of the rabbit to commemorate my wonderful pets) and a Nook! And a hilarious box my husband put the Nook in that said it was a mechanical petting gadget that meant I never had to interact with my animals again, I thought he’d lost his mind til I realized it was a joke.

  11. The favorite gift this year? My husband built me a new computer. My old note book was being held together with a industrial sized binder clip… I’m not making that up. Don’t teach anymore, so I didn’t need the notebook’s portability. Bigger screen, more power, faster response. I like!

    I learned to type on an IBM Selectric, the one with the round ball that magically spun and landed onto the paper in response to your touch of the keys. We were all in awe of it back then. πŸ˜‰
    ~ Lynda

  12. This is really an innovative idea to post something. It’s really fun. May be now computer somewhat replace typewriter. Still that experience of working with typewriter is something really different. This is an wonderful post.

  13. You clever gal, you–I love it! I think that “ding” must rate up there with the sound of silver bells at this time of year–I bet you can’t get enough of it!

    Merry Christmas to you, dear!

  14. Fun post – I heard the clickety-clickety-click as I read it – Ding!

    I remember playing on my mother’s typewriter (she wrote a sports column for her local newspaper as a 16 year old) and “playing” writer as a child … hmm.

    My favourite gift this year has to be the 4 naps I’ve taken in 3 days πŸ™‚

    And everything hubbs gave me – black licorice, trashy magazines, gift cards for massages & shopping and a new coffee cup – why? Because he listened and picked up my (not so subtle) clues over the past few weeks.

    Cheers!!
    MJ

  15. Love it. I love vintage typewriters. My favorite gift was a 50’s sock monkey. It is all I wanted. Hope you are enjoying the holidays with your family πŸ™‚ Blessings to you and yours.

  16. Awesome!!! What a great gift, and a great way of melding it with 2011 technology in your blog post! I just put up a post with some of my Christmas spoils (and speaking of, I was totally spoiled!); it would be hard to pick a favorite gift, but I did get some beautiful earrings as a sentimental gift from my mom/late grandmother.

  17. How much fun is this typewriter! I learned to type on something similar, but it wasn’t that beautiful robin egg blue.
    My favorite gift? A collapsible cupcake/cake carrier. (Really.) Perfect for storing in my small apartment and bringing tasty treats on the subway to my co-workers. πŸ™‚

  18. My daughter collects typewriters. She lives in a tiny Boston apartment, so her collection is in my attic. She continues to add to her collection. I don’t know why she is so fascinated with typewriters. I remember typing classes in high school that girls had to take if they wanted a job after graduation. Ah, the rhythm in that room when we were all in sync!

  19. A bit late to the old blog comment party here, but I really like your blog, like your pictures – all of them, like that you live in SD. I was born and raised on a SD farm near Huron. Looking forward to a grand and glorious New Year. Go 2012. Enjoy always, T

  20. My favourite gift was an ice “cube” tray. It was probably worth about Β£3 ($5), but was something i’d wanted for ages but just hadn’t got around to buying.

  21. Hello there,
    great blog you’ve got running here.
    I adore your little type writer , how exiting. I got one for xmas when I was about 10 I think, I had dreamed of one for ages. I wonder what mum did with it… now that I see yours. Mine was that old yellow , you know the yellow they used to do 20 or 30 years ago… I loved it so much I wonder why it disappeared…
    My best gift for xmas was this year’s = it was nothing.
    I got nothing and the rest of family hardly got anything. That’s how it should be in my opinion. Since we don’t need anything, why should be over load our homes with useless materialist demonstration forms of love ?
    it was my best xmas present! Nothing. we got to be together and that is what mattered most to me.

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  23. Your typewriter is similar to what I got (to my GREAT disappointment) as my high school graduation present in 1974. I managed to type my way through college on it. We have a vintage Royal typewriter from the 30’s that grandboy likes to play with. Gotta admit…the typety type type ding has a wonderful rhythmic musical thing to it–but thank God for word processing!
    LIke your blog! Hubby and I are kind of an older, weirder, East Coast version of you.

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