My New Old Toys

Smith-Corona Clipper Typewriter

Smith-Coronoa typewriter

I bought this Smith-Corona portable typewriter when I was 14 years old at a thrift store in Niagara Falls, NY. I used to use it for writing all the time, but about two years after I purchased it (right around the time I discovered the internet) it was relegated to a series of closets, cardboard boxes, and basement storage for over a decade. ¬†A few weeks ago I happened across it and decided to get it back in working order to make a new addition to my office. Last night in a caffeine fueled frenzy I meticulously cleaned and worked on it until it now appears to be in a pretty good working order. I have always loved it as an object and have it stationed right near my desk for those moments that the craving for the tactile sense only a real typewriter can give me hits. From the research I have done into it; this typewriter is most likely from the 1950’s and¬†considered an inexpensive workhorse model for its day. I have always had a bit of an obsession with vintage mechanical objects – mostly typewriters and cameras, especially when they are in less than pristine condition. There is something about the patina of age and dust on these objects that in a weird way, makes them even better

Smith-Coronoa Typewriter


Konica C-35 Camera

Konica C-35

This Konica C-35 is a total mystery to me, in that I have absolutely no bloody idea where it came from. It is one of those objects that just … appeared one day. I don’t remember buying it and I don’t remember anyone ever giving it to me, it’s just….. here. Ever since I have become aware of my possession of it this camera has been a favorite little curio of mine. There is something appealing to how beat up and compact it is, as well as the mysterious nature as to how I even came to own it.

Konica c-35

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