Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas Leftovers

Happy New Year! I started the year off with a visit to one of my local antique malls. What didn't sell before Christmas is still there for a reason. Stick with me through the terrors to follow as I also spotted some typewriters!

"Oh, no!" Santa said to Santa, "Dwayne promised us typewriters! Where are they?"

Never fear, for here are the typewriters of Winter. They appeared from storage somewhere since garage sale season was at least sixty degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today in the Kansas City area.

As amazing as the Corona looks from a distance, the undercarriage is a bit rusty and the machine reeks of mold and mildew. It is unloved and unsold after a year.

And here is the one that sorely tempted me. It didn't smell moldy and still had circa 1958 receipts in the case.

The New Year is a time for resolutions. But that isn't my style. The closest I will come is in attempting self-restraint. I need another machine like I need a hole in the head. This awesome Underwood will haunt me. (insert pained sigh).

In the meantime, I have temporarily resolved to get by with the old beater Sony NEX-3 after partially drowning the NEX-6 last month. Yeah, pity me - a beach and a wave were involved.

As Christmas is just 12 months away, I will leave you with an exhortation to have a good New Year and the gift of a terrifying visage of angel tree toppers gone wrong. This thing scared my 13-year-old to the point where she would not go in the living room. It is now my office mascot ;-)

Yes, I have a thing for lightsabers.
On the bright side, I started 2014 with a really odd street photo and an all too seldom post on this blog. I wish all of you happy blogging, typing, writing, crafting and image making.


  1. Well, the case may be a bit used up, but $25 for a Lettera 33 would attract my attention. The ribbon cover looks a bit awry, though, and the whole thing may have a moldy ambiance - perhaps that's a scented candle snugged in there with hopes of correcting that!

  2. Happy New Year!

    Those typewriters look quite nice. Depends on how much rust I may have let the Corona follow me home if I'd been there. Mildew is not a bog problem.

  3. Those Santas are pretty scary too! Is the SONY NEX-3 a decent mirrorless camera? Obviously they're not as good as the NEX-5 and NEX6 (which are much more expensive to buy).

  4. Those are reasonably priced typewriters (fetching Underwood indeed), how tempting.
    Cheers to the New Year!

  5. Hilarious. Those are some creepy-ass Santas!

    I would have gotten the Signature.

  6. amusingly creepy. I would have been tempted by the signature and the olivetti. But most importantly, check all the typefaces and see what's really interesting.

  7. These angels and Santas scared the hell out of me! But I soldered on and I saw - again - that you guys in USA are blissfully unaware how lucky (and spoilt for choice) you are. I would've grabbed that Corona in no time for that price - "bit rusty" and "reeks of mold and mildew" we do get as standard here in UK so it wouldn't put me off! :)


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