Just one manual typewriter at St. Vincent De Paul's in the last 5 or 6 months ... what a drought! There was nothing there now but some inanimate wedges, some ca. 1980 monsters, and a baby blue Smith-Corona electric portable -- good typewriter, but what would I do with it?
Then I got an e-mail yesterday from a reader of this blog:
Two Christmases ago you were so kind to recommend a typewriter for my 8 year old daughter. She has loved her Royal Heritage portable. Now I am looking to get one for my 6 year old daughter. She has loved watching her sister type but gets easily frustrated because she doesn't have the strength to push the keys consistently. I was thinking of maybe getting her an electric like I had when I was a kid because it would likely be easier for her to use. Do you have any recommendations?
Well yes, I did! I knew where to get a fine Smith-Corona electric and could send it to her.
So this morning, I swung by St. Vinnie's -- and the machine was gone. Snapped up by some mystery typist!
I reported back sadly. But this afternoon, one of my colleagues came by with a typewriter that needed a home:
Destiny, wouldn't you say?
Now this Coronet will be on its way to a six-year-old girl in Cokeville, Wyoming. What a place to settle down with a typewriter for the winter and write your heart away:
These Smith-Corona electrics have a special place in my heart. My father used one when I was growing up, and to me it was a magical thing. I enjoyed putting this one through its paces. They're very fast, smooth, powerful typewriters. Ultimately I prefer the self-sufficiency of a manual, but if I wanted to put typewritten text onto paper quickly and easily, one of these (or a Selectric) would be my choice.
It's fun to serve as a matchmaking and adoption service for typewriters ... guided by Destiny!
PS: Here is the Royal Heritage from Christmas 2010 getting some good use.