• A Ramble on Vintage Paper

    Knights Templar Letterhead

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    1. Funny that you came to that conclusion, because as I was reading I thought "I'm definitely a kinesthetic learner." (possibly meaning I can't truly learn my lesson until I buy and use every last typewriter on earth!)

    2. I'm similarly afflicted, and there's a Royal Quiet Deluxe on the way to my house right now to prove it.

      As I read posts and replies on the Portable Typewriter Forum, it's always interesting to note the kinethetic/tactile reactions folks have to their machines. I see the same thing on my trips to Acme - the "feel" of the typewriter is our primary conversation.

    3. That is the sweetest letterhead I have ever seen. Good Lord, you are lucky.

      Didn't you have to know the secret handshake to get that?

      I want some of that so badly: I'm gonna go home and rummage through my onionskin supply and find something pristine and trade-worthy. I just need one or two sheets.

    4. I'm completely a visual learner, and have got to see maps before I have any hope of finding where something is. Alternately, I can walk a route first and be in good shape, probably because I'm making a map in my head. I've been dealing with an issue in my kids called Sensory Processing Disorder -- a new disorder-of-the-week -- which essentially means that they can easily get a bit scrambled or overwhelmed with too much input. I fear that the wife and I suffer from the same, so the kids have a double-whammy genetic hurdle to jump (sorry if this all sounds very granola California... it's unavoidable.)

      ANYHOW, as part of this, both I and my daughter practically require that music be playing when we're doing something else. We're both distracted by sounds, and need something familiar to get through a task. She has her assortment of cassette, I my eclectic CDs constantly in play at work while I'm banging away on the computer. BUT, I have noticed that I need no such stimulus with the typewriter. It makes its own music, and keeps me on-task. Total, focused, sensory engagement. I call it cheap therapy, and go raiding Goodwill.

      Concerning paper: out of thrift I re-use our office paper cast-offs which is of course the cheapest of the cheap -- I've learned just to feed two old sheets, print sides facing one another. When I dropped a note to Ed at Acme, though, I broke into the all-cotton stationery set that I'd been saving for a special occasion. Oh. My. My typing never looked so good, and I was actually quite upset when I finally made a mistake on the page. I remember sheets of onionskin paper in the drawers of my grandfather's old desk down in his basement, though I curse my younger self for not having the proper foresight to ask for it, and any old pens he wasn't using anymore. It felt old-fashioned and mysterious even then, and this wonderful packet you have, Monda, is just downright classy.

    5. Duffy, I'll be happy to send you some of this Knights Templar paper. Email me with your address and it's done.Got any of that blue-lined paper left?

      MP - I believe the glorious delight of a typewriter is that it thoroughly involves all senses. No matter what our primary and secondary processors are, typewriting is a complete experience.

      I'd like to know how you put links in comments, mister.

    6. Monda, when I'm not playing One Man Typewriter Rescue Foundation, I build web-based software for our office. The magic spell printed beneath the comments box tells all:

      You can use some HTML tags, such as <b>, <i>, <a>

      The <a> HTML tag makes an anchor, or link, so to go to my blog I say:

      <a href="http://clickthing.blogspot.com">my blog</a>

      Not nearly as high-tech as Olivander's clickable links in his typecasts, thankfully.

    7. I was lucky when I got my typewriter. It came with two packages of cheap paper--I think it is onionskin, judging by the weight. And ya'll are right. The type just looks so much better. I mean, it isn't the nice stuff, but it's better than the inkjet stuff or plain old filler paper I use for the quick stuff.

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