cyclops

By cyclops

Typewritten

CyclopsJnr is developing an interest in letters, and enjoys typing his name (and those of his parents) on computers and seeing the letters appear on the screen.

I thought he might be fascinated by my old typewriter.  He was.

According to the guarantee stamp on the instruction booklet, it was bought for me in 1985.  I remember having a toy typewriter earlier, and this being bought for me as a "proper grownup typewriter".  I don't know if it was at the time or late, but I remember my parents saying "they thought it would see me through University".  Aged 10 I must have been young to be trusted with such a piece of equipment, and I still feel that responsibility!

I remember typing essays on it for secondary school when we lived in Aberdeen, but by the time we moved house I was trying to borrow my dad's word processor for essays.  In fact, when he upgraded to a PC, his old Amstrad PCW went on a table in the hall for my brother and I to use.

The typewriter never did go to University with me. By 1993 word processing was commonplace, and since I was studying Computer Science and Electronic Engineering computers were part of my daily life.

I still keep my typewriter though, for two reasons.

Firstly, as an Engineer, I find it a very satisfying apparatus.  It's solid, mostly metal.  I can see how it works.  It's really very well designed, built on more than a century of experience of making exactly this type of machine.

Secondly (and far more sentimentally), I love the thought of my parents giving me, age 10, this proper grown-up machine that they imagined would be an important part of my life for a decade, or possibly even decades, to come.

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