I have recently been having some lively conversations with family members about my quite-recent typewriter obsession. I believe they think I've gone batty...well, except for my darling, and he's every bit as batty as I. In fact, he is at least partially to blame, because it was he who spotted First (RS#5) to begin with. That bit is a story for another post, however (as in, the one when I finally introduce First to the world).
As we were sitting, lurking upon the internet and watching television the other night (simultaneously, I might add; I'm not certain if we're fantastic multi-taskers or dreadful wasters of electricity), I stumbled across an article reposted on the Typosphere about the underground typewriter revival. The sub-heading read: "Hipsters and newbies alike rediscover those beautiful machines that go clickity-clack" I read through the article, which I enjoyed. But then a thought dawned upon me, and so I posed it to my husband out-loud.
"Since typewriters have become hipster-fodder, does that mean I have an ironic typewriter? Oh no, I have an ironic typewriter, don't I?"
First, he gave me that funny look that he gets when some absolutely absurd conglomeration of words falls out of my mouth, then replied.
"You don't have to have an ironic typewriter. Your typewriter can be perfectly...uh...'ronic."
And at this, I giggled. But it was the beginning of a conversation we have had many times before, which generally consists of the topics "Why is Everything Ironic to Hipsters?" and the timeless classic "How the Hell Can Facial Hair be Ironic?" And from there, it generally devolves into a mutual, good-natured, laugh-filled rant.
The very next day, I was speaking on the phone with my cousin, and
"A key-chopper? What's that?"
"Someone who cuts the keys off an old typewriter, uses them in some craft and tosses the rest of the machine."
"So, what were you gonna do with it?"
"Well, I wasn't sure at first. I figured at the very least it could be an accent piece in the livingroom or something. But since I began researching it, I decided I wanted to restore it. Then, I can take it to type-ins and mount a case on the back of my scooter for it, maybe use the keys as a template for new-made, keytop-lookalike objects that I can use in my steam-punking, possibly even produce enough to save some more old typewriters from key-harvesting."
He then laughed. "Who says creativity is dead!?"
After that, I got to thinking about those poor, disfigured machines. After reading several blogs today about beautiful and rare machines being abducted by key-choppers before the collector cavalry could ride in (and feeling absolutely sick about it), I looked over to the corner, where my work-bench sits. I had an antique ammo pouch on it, and I happened to see the end of a shell sticking out of it. I looked from it, to the typewriter and back again, and decided that if I ever come across a harvested machine, I'll refashion keytops for it out of spent casings. I think it would be an interesting project and a little poetic justice in the realm of upcycling.
I do feel sorry for my family. They listen about my new disease quite a bit, and none have complained yet. They all seem to be happy I have something to waste copious amounts of time on...maybe because I'm no longer on the phone with them as much anymore?
Use your words as your weapon (you may be able to bore an enemy into submission with them!),