Typewriters – The Real Steampunk

I know someone who has a typewriter collection.  By this I don’t mean he has a couple typewriters.  He has lots of typewriters.  And he has amazing typewriters.  And he displays them.  And they are indeed wonderful.  They are purely mechanical and as far as I can tell they all still work, with some being over 100 years old.

Keys of a Royal Standard Typewriter, from 1906

Camera & Lens   Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT (Canon) & 24.0-105.0 mm     Shutter:   1/25 s
Creation Date:   2009:04:12 09:07:11     Aperture:   f/4.0
Artist:   Ari Brown     ISO:   400
Exposure Mode:   Normal program     Focal Length:   105 mm

Lots of people these days are creating steampunk artifacts – things that look like they are old-timey.  Lots of brass and switches and cogs.  That’s all well and good, but this is the original steampunk.  I love all the intricate metal parts.  The spools and reels and keys and whatever else these things are.  I don’t know more than what he’s told me and what is written about each.  I know that this one is a Royal Standard typewriter from 1906.  I know it has some wickedly cool keys with apothecary symbols on them.  I don’t know much else, but it doesn’t take much for me to appreciate it.  I just love the rows and rows of metal keys.

I hope you like it too, because I’ve got some more pictures, coming up soon.

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4 Responses to “Typewriters – The Real Steampunk”

  1. Laurie says:

    I really like this. BRASSSS.

  2. Ted DeMarsh says:

    Hi Ari, Love that pic! I’m a screenwriter up here in Canada and would love to use that image on the face of my biz card. May I?
    Ted DeMarsh
    London, Ontario Canada

  3. kap0w says:

    Totally – knobs and switches and levers and such. When you’ve got no electronics, you solve problems a whole different way. There are some cool ones that sit on sewing machine tables since it was the only “workstation” setup that really existed up to that point. I wish I could have gotten some of the shots I’d have liked to take, but I had the wrong lens and didn’t want to touch anything more than a hundred years old.

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