my new love, my new Remington.

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the Remington. from what i’ve looked up, it’s the Remington Portable #4. they were only produced for two months between november 1931 to january 1932 with under 3,000 being made.

rewind a bit more, and here’s the little history lesson. in 1867, an american guy, sholes, constructed the first practical typewriter. he went on to make another one, with some improvements. a few years later, in 1873, he signed a deal with e.remington and sons, gunsmiths from new york, to manufacture them.
the typewriters were up for sale a year later and renamed the Remington.
Mark Twain bought a Remington. then he wrote a book on it and became the first author to submit a manuscript in type.

maybe i’ll follow suit? ha. i dunno.

but i’ve dreamt of buying an ancient typewriter and sitting at it clicking away on its keys for months and months. i was thinking of how great it would be to be in the middle of africa, in some hut, putting life on paper through the slow one-by-one tapping of ink. my Remington is portable so maybe i will. how old-world would that feel…

at any rate, i am in love with it. i had to wait till my sister woke up to punch my first loud key.
it smells like a forgotten library book or jane austen’s attic; it smells really old. it has yellow, vintage buttons and a british pound key. its little and black and even tings! at the end of a line. it is so, so beautiful. every time i passed it on the floor last night while i was making dinner, i smiled. and sometimes clapped.  

i will write stories and recount adventures and make little notes and … the love affair begins.

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4 responses to “my new love, my new Remington.

  1. I love all the plans you have for this dear little typewriter! It makes me long for one as well! The history, the simplicity, the “old world feel” as you say – delight!

  2. oh danielle, i can picture you clapping each time you walked by this lovely little typewriter.

    my friend has an extra typewriter that she offered to sell to me, but i’m a little intimidated by having to buy new ribbon, learning how to thread it etc…and it’s not nearly so pretty as this one!

    love you lots. xo

  3. Jessica Poettcker

    FRIGGEN LOVE IT

  4. i DID clap, i’m not even lying.
    i was over the moon as it sat there.

    well i think you could easily get a new ribbon, maybe threading it would be a little tricky, and yes vintage is better than plastic, so look on craigslist! that’s where i got my beauty!

    ya, isn’t it rad jess? friggen love it, correct.

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