November 4th, 2011

This is my latest purchase. I couldn’t resist. For some reason I needed the clunky upright Underwood sitting atop my desk (it included the old paper receipt that was in it, what a lucky find). All the while I am on the sofa writing away on my laptop. Why now? Every month something new seems to be happening in the tech world but I had to have this, money was no option. And it seems I am not the only person digging the old school typewriter these days. Nostalgia? Is it the look, the clacking sound of someone on the keys, the weight of a hefty beast such as this that seems to draw us in?

I just noticed an image much like my own, along with a photo of some lovely books stacked high (another of my many collections), all on a favourite blog of mine, What Katie Ate.

 

And all things typewriter are filling pages on etsy.com including photos, keys, graphics and great looking typewriters for sale. One of my favourites below is probably as much about the imaginative way the product was shot as it is about the great looking piece.

But my favourite typewriter image is part of a series by Canadian contemporary realist painter, Christopher Stott. Educated at the University of Saskatchewan, Stott worked in his university’s fine art department, in photography, but found the world of photography to be changing so rapidly. He moved to oil painting, a tradition that the digital world is not part of. And I also find it interesting that while his medium is untouched by digital, his subject matter seems to focus on things like vintage typewriters, alarm clocks, books, telephones that haven’t remained untouched. Now this is some nostalgia I can get behind, and these are some paintings I would love to own.

 

1. Image by Found

2. and 3. Images from What Katie Ate

4. Image from Nowvintage

5. and 6. Images by  Christopher Stott

 





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