When I was a teenager I was gifted a typewriter which was my grandfathers. Later, when I was 18 I decided to attend night school to learn how to type and use it properly.
I am showing my age now but we didn’t have any cheap electric typewriters back then and so I had my lessons on these old enormous clunky machines. Every week the classroom would be filled by the tip taps of our typewriters’ and groans when we made a spelling error or the carbon copy had wrinkled underneath our top copy.
After a year I had managed to gain my level 1, 2 and 3 certificates in typing, a achievement I was very proud of. To celebrate I treated myself to a super duper electric typewriter ~ it was sleek and sexy!
I have used my typing skills on many occasions, first in my job at a newspaper ~ where I used it to the max inputting data. Then later working for my husband, running the office, typing out quotations and letters to customers. Now of course it is very useful for typing up my blogs.
It seems these days needing to type the way I learnt isn’t necessary ~ it astounds me watching my daughters on their phones. They type using both thumbs and incredibly fast ~ even more impressive they can type without looking down at the keyboards on their phones! It takes me about half an hour to type a short text message on my phone and it is often accompanied by cursing and much back spacing to correct my misspelling or autocorrects ridiculous substitutions. Even then, more often than not, it is a little garbled and misspelt!
Anyway ~ I have my old antique typewriter centre stage on granddads desk ~ which was gifted to me by my mum many years ago. I decided one day to take some photographs of it and so now I have a wee series of typewriter images which I thought I would share with you.
I hope you enjoy them…