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A peculiar hobby, but that’s your affair

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In 1942, a St. Louis man sought a 1924 Dayton Portable Typewriter. See below:

The Journal Herald explains, somewhat awkwardly, that people actually collect typewriters. Writes the paper, “It is a peculiar hobby but that’s his affair.”

The hobby is no less peculiar today, but fortunately we have Richard Polt’s The Typewriter Revolution to explain the phenomena. There is also a documentary, California Typewriter, that quickens people’s interest.

For my part, I simply hand someone a typewriter, a method of evangelism that has made many converts.

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  • Bill M May 7, 2018, 11:45 pm

    It’s a great hobby. I call it collecting. Mrs. M. calls it hoarding.

  • T. Munk May 14, 2018, 2:34 pm

    Heh, yeah. seems like if I lend out a typewriter to someone mildly curious, it very rarely comes back. Luckily, resupply isn’t difficult 😀

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