Thursday, November 04, 2010

Smith Corona Manual Typewriter circa 1930

Yep. I have one. What an amazing piece. Shiny black, sleek lines, perfectly round's a beauty. I was digging around in the basement looking for some more steam punk type items for my front display and there it was. In the original case with the cleaning brush and owners manual. I love old typewriters. Keyboarding is just not the same as the click clack of keys hitting the batten a ringing bell and the ziiiiiiiip! sound of moving the carriage back across the page for the next line. I am searching for someone who repairs old typewriters. This one isn't broken it just needs a cleaning and a new ribbon. I am going to use it for my cards. No more fonts to look like my mother's typewriter for me from now on. I am using the real deal. In fact I am going to start typing letters to my daughters who are away at college. There was nothing quite like getting a typed note from Mom in the mail- even if it was on Bill Comito Insurance memo paper in triplicate. Every third letter you'd get the original and my other two sisters who were in college same as me would get the other two copies. Oh yeah- and she'd always sign her name in purple ink. I kept every one she sent.

Monday, November 01, 2010

you don't ask you don't get...willing to trade

So I am asking. Each year I try to create a window for the holidays in the studio that does not use red and green together. Two years ago it was lime green, orange and purple. And last year it was my silver and gold artists mannequins up to shenanigans. This year I am headed in the steam punk direction. What is steam punk you ask? I am glad you did. Steam punk is sci-fi meets the Victorian Age. Where machines ruled and anything powered by steam revered.

Ok....I am looking for a few items to borrow OR TRADE. An hourglass would be wonderful. As would anything that looks like it is old and mechanical or part of a machine. An old trunk would be lovely too. I could kick myself for getting rid of the globe from my house..... I have one in my garage but can not access it due  to the amount of stuff in front of it- like a dishwasher. Does ANYone need a dishwasher? I have one cheap! in my garage and would love to get rid of it.

Anyway- a very large round clock would also be fun to use.

On another note- I am looking for cogs and wheels- like from the inside of a clock or watch and old keys for some small pieces I am working on.

Except for the dishwasher which does not belong to me - I am storing it- I would be willing to trade for anything like the items I have mentoioned. Stop by the studio and we'll talk.