Sunday, 17 June 2012
A big beast
It was tough getting up for the boot sale this morning, but when I saw hazy sun through the curtains, I thought I would go. There were a few old items there today, and nobody seemed to be particularly interested in them. I bought this huge beast of a typewriter. It was a bargain, if you like this kind of thing. It's in full working order, it has its bell and the arm pushes back smoothly. I could just imagine it in an old style newsroom or typing pool. The seller warned me that it was quite heavy, but I didn't realise just what a monster it was until I tried to pick it up to take it back to the car. I put my arms under it, braced myself...and nothing happened. It weighs a ton.
Anyway, worth rupturing my stomach muscles for....and it was gadgets a go-go today, because the other little find I made was this:
It's a tiny sewing machine with a miniature wooden bobbin on top.
And I also found a book about typography, a subject that I am geekily interested in.
Home again before the house had stirred. A good morning's hunting.