Right now, I’m feeling elated beyond imagination! I have found myself a new love! Yay!
Well, I’ve been longing for a typewriter, not an ordinary modern one but a vintage piece, for as long as I could remember and I’ve finally found one! Yes, I really do sound like an lovestruck teenager who just had a crush on a boy but this is better than that! *laugh*
You know that vintage manual typewriters these days cost legs and arms because they are no longer being produced and electric typewriters have taken over the manual ones for many years. Vintage typewriters can cost hundreds of dollars and I’m not about to fork out that kind of money for one (no matter how much I wanted one!). So, a couple of months ago I asked for my Dad’s help to keep a lookout for one in Malaysia because I was very sure there would be one available in one of those small towns in the country.
And guess what? My dad went around asking my relatives if they’ve seen one and he actually found one right under my favorite Aunt’s roof! How awesome is that?! (why have I not seen it when I visit her):D A friend actually gave it to my aunt and it was in her possession for years. As the saying goes, the rest is history! My folks came down for a visit on Saturday and they brought the typewriter along with them. Not only the typewriter is working perfectly fine, I got it for absolutely FREE! Thank you soooooooooo much Aunt PH, you’re the best! Love ya tons, as I always do!
And so here’s my new found love, an Adler Gabriele 20 typewriter at the age of around 54 years old (much older than I am!). The keys and carriage are still in good working condition, with only the regular stains from years of usage and the best of all, it comes with the original hard case carrier! Cool! I’m totally fine with the stains as they add some nostalgic feel to the typewriter and knowing that the previous owner/s had kept it well until this day. So, now I become the proud owner of this precious vintage typewriter and I’ll continue to take good care of it in many years to come.
As you can see that the keys are yellowed over 50 years of use but they’re still working well!
And I’ve typed a few words just to test it out and amazingly, they came out clear & crisp.
I’d probably look around for someone who can service this kind of manual typewriter and maybe polish it a little. I hope there will still be someone out there who provide maintenance to vintage typewriters.
Anyway, this gem is now sitting on my shelf and I couldn’t stop admiring it everyday since Saturday. *laugh* Sometimes I wonder why do I love all things that are old or vintage. The older the things are, the more I love ‘em!
Hope you all have a great week and will catch up with ya soon! I have some projects due next couple of days and I’ll be busy creating again.