Saturday, December 1, 2007

Remington Rand #5 offers refuge from computers

Tonight I sold a black, crinkle finish Remington #5 to a young woman who bought it for her boyfriend, a copy writer.

After showing her several other typewriters in my collection, she vowed to return with him in tow. I believe her. She seemed to have the bug.

I've had great success selling on Craig's List to Portland's much touted "young creatives," many of whom seem drawn to typewriters. Tonight's buyer, who works for Nike, said she was drawn to the directness and character of the machines. She said she was weary of computer technology.

Any typewriter collector can relate to what she is saying.