Oodles and Oodles of Typewriters

It was advertised as a "Type In." When I arrived at the Astoria Public Library, I saw that collectors had brought in their refurbished antiques for all to ogle and use. I typed on manual Coronas from 1919 and 1940, an electric Smith Corona with a Gothic font, a Hermes, an Oliver Standard Visible Writer with top strike, and even a music typewriter that could place notes and symbols on a staff.

At one time the typewriter industry was booming, employing millions of people. Although I learned to type on an old manual typewriter, I would not want to go back. I much prefer the computer keyboard and word processing software.

 Seafoam green was a popular color. When plastic was invented, color became even more of a style statement.

Seafoam green was a popular color. When plastic was invented, color became even more of a style statement.

 notice the cap button on the left. Above it there is a Figure key. Each key had three impressions: lower case, upper case, or a figure (symbol).

notice the cap button on the left. Above it there is a Figure key. Each key had three impressions: lower case, upper case, or a figure (symbol).