a dream come true

29 Nov

I’ve wanted a typewriter for half a decade now; so after doing 6 months of hard work for OOAK and also because my etsy shop has had a successful month, I decided to finally make this dream a reality. Once it arrived, I couldn’t help keep myself away from it and so I will admit, I typed a small handful of wee letters. However, I still owe over a dozen pen pals some thoughtful packages, and so I can’t wait to come home in December, after the show, and create a flurry of mail art replies with my beautiful Escort 550. There are many things that make this machine romantic: its bright red buttons, its sturdy luggage-style traveling case and the many notions that circle through my mind of who its former owner could have been and what purpose this typewriter served them. I love it…

13 Responses to “a dream come true”

  1. Crystal 29/11/2011 at 07:42 #

    YEAH!!! Typewriters are the best. I am so happy you got your hands on one. I found another beautiful one in great working condition at the thrift store last week. I have one but wanted to buy it so bad because the case it was in was beautiful and it was super heavy duty. It would of been $10 well spent but how many typewriters does one girl need really right? ha ha
    I must say that I am jealous of the brilliant red buttons. I think this is the best reward for all your hard work, along with an amazing man & warm beverages :)
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  2. Anna Jane Searle 29/11/2011 at 08:05 #

    super photographs. And I love what you first wrote on it…made me giggle. Its no comparison to mine obviously ;P

  3. Anna Jane Searle 29/11/2011 at 08:06 #

    was it a bargain?

  4. KKLECTRIC 29/11/2011 at 08:06 #

    ENVY! That is a beautiful piece of hardware:) look forward to mail art posts on your blog soon using this :D

  5. mandala56 29/11/2011 at 08:48 #

    That is so cool! I assume there are places left to buy replacement ribbon, etc? Hope so. That’s what’s kept me from taking the plunge.. being afraid I couldn’t find parts.

  6. naturesmyfriend 29/11/2011 at 09:27 #

    Anna: Yes it was a great deal!!! That’s what I’ve been waiting for!
    Mandala56: Yes I did a google search and have found a bunch on ebay for my machine – I have also heard of DIY ways to just RE-ink the OLD ribbon if no new ones are available. Best of luck finding one!

  7. aisforanika 01/12/2011 at 21:36 #

    this is so cool. Those red buttons are luscious! I still have an old family one that I use now and again. might just have to write you a letter using it! :)

  8. Bill M 22/02/2012 at 17:16 #

    …and you never thought someone would leave a comment 4 months after you posted this.
    I am one of those crazy people who like typewriters. I saw one of these and it looked nice. I have read about some of the other Brother rebranded to Mongomery Wards typewriters and found nothing negative about them. So thank you for your post. I’ve been looking for a small machine for travel and you helped me make my decision. Very nice photos and a friendly informative post.

  9. Bill M 03/03/2012 at 06:59 #

    Something forced me to return to your blog. This post actually. Really all humor aside; I like your blog. I first found it when I was looking for information on the Escort 550 typewriter. I am very happy you posted on yours and I found your blog.

    Mine arrived and it is one superb typewriter. I was pleasantly surprised at its quality and very easy ease of use (now is that grammatically correct?). It is only the second Japanese typewriter I own. I lik the size of this and it will be nice to take along on trips. Public internet access is not secure and computers have too many distractions for me when I write.

    The Escort 550 is everything you said it is. Overall it is a very nice and easy to use typewriter.


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