I have a Smith-Corona electric typewriter from the 60’s sitting on my shelf. Usually, that’s all it does– sit collecting dust on my shelf. It was a gift from a friend, but it’s mostly become a piece of decor. It serves to signal to visitors I have some relationship to written words.
I’m inspired to take it off the shelf today after poking through the halls of Etsy looking for typewriter-themed goods. It’s sure to annoy my new apartment neighbors with its machine gun fire clacking, but that ruckus is why I like it. On a typewriter, ideas and words are noisy. They rattle and ring, a refreshing counterpoint to the mute tapping of a laptop keyboard.
It’s a beautiful and complex machine. Just look at all the parts in the picture above. It’s also distraction free, since I can’t check Facebook or email on it. Anyway, here’s your dang list:
I love the color and detail on this patch, especially the little keys and the paper poking out of the top. This cream colored iron-on comes from dahliasoleil. Her store has hundred of unique machine-embroidered patches to brighten even your most boring fabric goods.
HappyPillow is a godsend for neglected and depressed pillows everywhere. The store is full of joyful pillows dressed to the nines in original designs, like the above close-up shot of an antique typewriter keyboard. The covers come in three sizes, from 16″x16″ to 20″x20″ . If you’ve got unhappy fung-shui in your living room, maybe you should give her shop a look.
The graphic design wizards at PopChart Lab are awesome at creating minimal but comprehensive charts. This one is a look a historically important typewriters from the early writing balls to the late 20th century models. The illustrations are hand-drawn and printed on 18″x 24″ archival paper.
At the junction of analog and digital stands usbtypewriter. They specialize in converting antique typewriters into fully functioning USB keyboards, compatible with PCs, Macs and tablets. The clean modification looks and functions like a normal typewriter. One of the coolest features allows you to shut off the monitor and type on paper while saving all your work to disk.
The model above is a glossy black Underwood typewriter, but the store also has a baby blue Smith Corona if you’re looking for a more modern design. If the price tag is too high for you, or if you’ve already got a typewriter at home you’d prefer to use, they sell an easy to use DIY kit in the store as well.
There’s a lot of quote cards in the PoeticMadness store, a good place to stop if you’re buying a gift for a bookworm or mad poet. The print cards are all hand-typed and can serve as a gift card or postcard. There are also poster sized prints for sale.
A lot of my favorite writers saying great stuff were there in the shop, like Whitman, Bukowski, and Hunter S Thomspon. Ultimately I was feeling this Leonard Cohen quote today. It’s from the song “Anthem”.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Looking for more typewriter themed creations? Check out our store’s Typewriter collection here.