One week ago, Sunday the 10th of October, it was one year ago that I bought my first typewriter. I can still remember how excited I was that I would finally get one. Not knowing of course, about the Typosphere and that buying this one beige Italian machine would awaken a whole new passion inside me.
I noticed the machine on “Marktplaats”, I don’t even remember how I found it or what I was looking for, but there it was, that nice picture from an Olivetti in the sun. I also cannot remember why I contacted the seller, but suddenly the seller and me were sending e-mails to each other trying to plan a meeting on an already very busy Saturday afternoon. Of course this planning failed miserably and I got to the house with nobody there but a barking dog who tried to scare me and r3boot away. But, no need for disappointment. Next to the door was a wooden bench. And on that bench was a bag. And in that bag… was my new-found love of mechanics!
When I got home I immediately started researching. Together with the information about this Studio 42, I found the Typosphere. I also learned that I just missed a meeting of the Dutch typewriter collectors. And that there are people who have collections with 300+ machines (okay, I’m not that crazy for wanting a typewriter). And that collecting pens isn’t that weird either, and that you can also typecast or pencast a blog post. I’ve been blogging for almost ten years now, but I never even thought of these possibilities.
But here I am, already one year later, still having a blast. I enjoy your stories. I enjoy your typewriters. And I enjoy finding or hunting my own and writing about those (and with them of course, in my renewed hobby of penpalling).