Hiatus Post No. 16 – Antiques

I am taking April off from Disperser Tracks, from reading blogs, from Facebook, from Twitter, and from the Internet in general. I plan to return (virtually) live on May 1st. 

Meanwhile, I scheduled a few posts (like this one) to go live during April . . . like a blog heartbeat of sorts.

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We have not done so for some time now, but we used to visit antique stores pretty regularly. I’ve mentioned before that old typewriters are (apparently) quite sought out.

Perhaps it’s the Snowden effect . . . rumor has it that once he defected to Russia, their secret agencies quit using computers and storage devices and instead reverted back to manual typewriters for their “secret stuff”. 

No wonder they are going at a premium.

Florence Antique Shops

I had a hard time envisioning the mechanism for the above just by looking at the photo. This other one, a similar model, had me finally figuring out how it would work. Still, I would love to see it work . . . I should have tried it when I was there but was too busy snapping the photo.


Most of the typewriters I see are in pretty good shape, relatively speaking.

Florence Antique Shops


. . . some, less so.


It looks to me some of the letters have gone missing.

Another machine that interested me . . . 


A stenograph . . . They have not changed much, except that these days they have a small screen. I wonder if it would be faster and easier typing on one of those.

I think everyone should have one of these at home, and not just politicians and people in power.


In case you can’t read the label . . . it’s a paycheck maker. 

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2 Responses to Hiatus Post No. 16 – Antiques

  1. Great photos! :-) I bought an old portable Remington (looks a bit like your photo of the Corona) in an antique store years ago for $15. It came with the case and the name of the original owner. She lived in Washington state. :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  2. AnnMarie says:

    I wish I would have learned how to use a stenograph in high school besides just shorthand. I think I would have enjoyed using it. Now that I think of it, I’ve been meaning to get a used Gregg Shorthand book to review it since my handwriting has gotten worse with all that forced speed I had to use to keep up with during dictation at my last desk job. The search at used book stores should make for nice outing. Gotta go put that in my calendar. Ciao!

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