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Typewriter tales.

After my Thank You note post yesterday, one of my girlfriends, Audra, told me she writes her notes on her vintage typewriter which types in cursive. I almost fell out of my chair, and then pulled myself back up to open a new window on the computer to type in “eBay typewriter cursive.”

In addition to her enlightening tip  that  I can buy a typewriter with a script font, and kicking off an intense day of eBay bidding, she also shared a story about a typewriter she lost in college …

She had bought a 1933 Remington Rand Model One, in perfect working condition  at an antique store in Lake George for $25. It served her well all through college but then finally during her senior year it broke.

So she took it to a typewriter shop in the city, lugging her beloved 35 lb typewriter on subways, trains, and through the streets of New York. Once she got it there, they agreed to fix it.

In three weeks it was ready, but the cost to fix it was $225, which was way more than her collegiate budget could afford, so she let it sit on the shelf at the shop for a few months.

When she finally went back, they told her that they thought she had forgotten about it and would never pick it up so they sold it… to TOM HANKS! Apparently, he is a collector. And that’s the story of the typewriter that got away.

Image via stilettogirl on etsy

6 responses to “Typewriter tales.

  1. Paisley January 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

    so did you win one? How much did it cost? If only they didn’t block ebay at work I would be searching right now….

  2. domestikatedlife January 27, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I didn’t win one yet, I’m still searching for my perfect match!

  3. Fiance Knowles January 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I can’t believe the image that you found. Good work! Thanks for this.

  4. pitcherandthepearl January 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Eek. I love and I want! Whatta cute story – can’t believe Tom Hanks has Audra’s typewriter.

  5. Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic January 30, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I had never heard of a typewriter that did cursive letters – that’s awesome. But what a sad story about her typewriter. I would be happy to know it went to a good home but.. does he type with it or just think it looks pretty? I’d totally hunt him down to ask if I were her.

  6. The Neo-Traditionalist August 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Cutest story ever. Tom Hanks must be a happy man. Bittersweet indeed.

    xx Katie

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