I have rehomed or sold typewriters to mostly young working adults except this once, I sold one to 3 young teens – 2 girls and a young man probably 13-14 years old.
they came to me and queried about a typewriter I was selling via local classifieds. it’s heartwarming to hear that they chipped in money and buying it as a birthday gift to a vintage loving friend. oh so sweet of them.
prior to this meeting, they had not seen and touch a real typewriter, and asked if I could do a short show and tell, ie. how to operate the typewriter. of course I promptly, happily did. they were almost too scared to touch it with wows and ahs! i felt guilty taking their money. hmm… maybe it is time to think about how to spread some typewriter love to the young ones. any suggestions?
they bought this lovely woody brother typewriter that comes with special repeat spacer key.
one of them exclaimed “oh! it has a case too?!” and didn’t mind at all when i told her the zipper is broken.
on another story, a family friend came to visit with her 3 children, aged 6, 10 and 12 -year old. the 10-year old asked pointing at the display cabinet –
boy: what is that?
me: oh these are typewriters.
me: your grandpa would have used this to type letters. they don’t have computers last time. wait, let me take out one and let you type…
hearing this, his sisters came and look at the typewriters too.
ah… what a wonderful feeling to be able to share and let the young ones feel and touch some old typewriters. I am certainly no expert but that didn’t stop me from giving them their first typewriter lesson albeit a very basic one. :))
more happy stories coming. have a great weekend!