As some of you have already discovered, there is an eighth-grade English teacher named Jonathan Mc Donald gathering typewriters in the High Desert for use in his classroom. I stumbled across his listing quite by accident as I was browsing the Craigslist for more typewriter fodder to fuel my addiction.
This was before I had learned of the Typosphere, had heard of Ryan Adney and was just beginning to discover what an extensive and addictive pastime typewriters can be. I was also just starting this blog. I wanted a subject I felt was important to blog about, and his idea struck my fancy. His Craigslist ad can be found here (for as long as Craigslist leaves it active, that is).
So I contacted him about his project, and he has been more than gracious to provide me with some information and lots of photos! I will list contact information at the end of this post for all of you out there who would like to aid him. And be sure to check out his youtube channel for videos on current projects, typing drills done by his students and the status of his project!
Without further ado, here are the machines thus far.
|Jonathan's grandfather's typewriter. This one stays home.|
|The barn find. Case destroyed, Smith-Corona dirty, but none the worse for wear! Possibly too small for the classroom, however.|
|The Adler, in good condition outside. It has a broken bearing.|
|A favored machine.|
|I spy an Oliver! Jonathan has told me he will be refinishing its platen. The Royal Safari's condition is because of poor packing from an ebay seller. It's one of many projects, but it's sad because it didn't have to be that way.|
|Royal KHM, an ongoing project.|
|A hulking Underwood.|
|This group makes me think of gossiping secretaries.|
|Royal KHM, which will be in a video on Jonathan's youtube channel.|
|Remington Noiseless, restored by Jonathan. There is a video on youtube of this one.|
|A lovely Underwood Noiseless! Jonathan told me it is 'so clean inside it should be in a museum'.|
|Part of the menagerie, where they are kept, free of dust.|
|Three up-close views of the 'hoarde'.|
Jonathan is about halfway (18) to his goal of thirty-five manual typewriters, last time I checked. He is using them as a means to engage his students and teach them essential things, such as resume' writing, cover letters and other things vital to know before entering college and the work-force. He has only been collecting them since June and since school is out, they are all Summering at his home currently (most are being worked on). He's willing to take on any manual typewriter in any condition, but the new school year is fast approaching so if any of you great people out there in the Typosphere can help him reach his goal with working machines I know he'd be grateful. Or, if you have any good leads on machines! He's also accepting donations of: ribbons in any condition, black ink, black ink pens and metal typewriter tables. He has an IBM Selectric to trade for a manual as well and prefers the 'Sherman tank' type machines.
If you would like to contact Jonathan about his project or donation, here is his information:
Jonathan Mc Donald
(seven six zero) 240-987five
Good luck to you, Jonathan, and we hope to see you around the Typosphere soon!