Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Vintage Typewriter Giveaway

I used to write a LOT of letters. When I first moved to the US from Australia I wrote at least 5 letters a week.
But as the years rolled by, letters turned into emails and then emails turned into facebook comments...

But I found something that would revive the art of letter writing....

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I LOVE typewriters.
The sound of the clacking keys, the inky impressions on the paper... It's such a romantic instrument, isn't it? Someone who loves typewriters even more than me is the lovely Sarah from Sarah Anntiques.

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Her lovely etsy store is a gorgeous collection of vintage goodies - from cameras to typewriters to books. Such a lovely little alcove on the internet. Her inspirations come from yesteryear. She started going to auctions years ago and began decorating with her vintage finds. Then of course when she found etsy, she fell in love with it and knew that she had to share her awesome finds with the world.

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Sarah's love for typewriters began when she was a small child, playing with an old Underwood #5 typewriter, and then her mother's electric one. But her favorites were always the manual ones. She loves to rescue them from old attics and garages, and takes great joy in cleaning, oiling and caring for them, along with installing new ribbon and tuning them up for the next person to enjoy.
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Hobbies for Sarah (when she isn't looking for vintage goodies) include growing wheat, corn, sunflowers and other produce on her family farm. Cooking and canning are favorite pastimes, along with making jewelry - she is even creating her own line specifically for other typewriter lovers! She will make them out of sterling silver and photographs of typewriters, trying to reduce the amount of typewriters that are destroyed just for their keys.

Sarah is being AMAZINGLY GENEROUS and is GIVING AWAY A TYPEWRITER to one lucky reader. You'll win your choice out of the two typewriters pictured in this post! To enter, leave a comment here saying what it is that you love about typewriters, and what the first thing you would type with it would be. This particular giveaway is open to US residents only. I will announce the winner next week.

57 comments:

Hannah said...

Oh goodness! What a lovely gift to receive! I would love to win this. I love typewriters--the click and clacks of the keys are so delicious to hear. The first words I'd typed would probably be Hannah - Aspire.

Have a lovely Tuesday, Dionne!
--Hannah

the southern hostess said...

Such a generous giveaway! This has to be my favorite sound in the world. I would sit and type just to hear it. First thing: "This is awesome."

alyssa said...

Ohhh my. When I was little, I would go visit my parents' office and play on the typewriter. I wrote stories, typed up to the number 700, and just had a grand time. I once picked up an old typewriter at the garbage dump because it was just so beautiful, but I couldn't get it to work again. I so love what Sarah is doing! The first thing I would type would be a thank you letter to her!

Lindsey said...

I love the history that comes with a vintage typewriter. Imagining what the keys tap-tap-ed over the years is so fun! Plus they are cute too! The first thing I'd type would be a thank you note to both Dionne and the generous Sarah. Then I'd pay it forward and give this typewriter to my loving hubby for our anniversary. He's wanted a vintage typewriter for ages and ages. I'd love to surprise him with this beauty.
Thanks for the chance!

Little Miss Tiara said...

:O someone is actually giving away a typewriter? Woots!!! Now... I think I wanna be a US resident, hahaha ;D

goodluck for the entreeee! :D

Cubicle Chic said...

This is such an excellent giveaway! Like you, I love the sound of typewriters. You really feel like you are creating something important when each letter has such an audible "click." I would most likely type letters to friends and family first on the typewriter. I used to be penpals with several friends, but now we only email each other. It would be so much more fun to return to actually sending them something through the mail.

Thanks for putting together such a great giveaway!

- Meredith

My Owl Barn said...

I have been always fascinated by typewriters. While growing up I used to watch my mom type letters on it. The first thing I would type be a letter to my mom saying thanks for everything.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Really? She's giving away a typewriter? That would be soo cool to win!!!! I would write a love letter to my boyfriend because I think it would look so cool that I took the time to type it out! This would be awesome!

Studio6or7 said...

Wow! This is an amazing giveaway! First I would type up the poems and journals I wrote in my younger years before the ink is completely faded away. I've been looking for a typewriter in order to incorporate typewritten messages into my mixed media art pieces, so I would do that next.

Lovely, generous giveaway- thank you for doing this.

Andrea

Heather Ann said...

how fun! I have a bunch of old recipe cards that my grandmother typed up in the 50's and 60's. They come with cute little descriptions next to the names of the recipes like 'old as the hills' and 'grandfather's favorite'. The first thing I would do would be to transfer all my hand written recipes onto index cards in similar fashion.

Hautezone said...

I love vintage typewriters. They are a way to hold on to the past, paying homage to an invention all works of life have benefited from. They are a vehicle for speech for those with no voice (literally) and those who just wish to express a voice for work and/or pleasure.

The first thing I would write is a note of hope to the Chilean miners who have been buried underground (for two months), who will not be freed until Christmas. I would just tell them they are loved, to hold on and not give up on life.

CathyH said...

This is so cool! I could see myself sitting on the porch or in my art room writing new song lyrics and inspired by this old typewriter. I love the indentations it makes on the page, each machine is unique!
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Jingle said...

Oh, for the LOVE! I <3 typewriters! I love the click. clack. click of the keys and the very LOOK of them is simply fabulous! and then....and then...there is just that fabulous *whir* sound as you throw carriage back into place! *sigh* They are so wonderfully romantic! I would use it to type a love not to The Hubbums as soon as I pulled it out!
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Laura said...

What a wonderful giveaway!

What I love about typewriters is the smell of the ink. I remember having to use them in school (this was before computers were a "necessity" in each classroom).

If I won, the first thing I would type would be a love note to my boyfriend. We've been long-distance for 6 months and he would love it!

Christina said...

What a lovely giveaway!!

When I was growing up I would have to go to my parent’s business after school and would only go home when it was closing time. To keep myself entertained I would type short stories on the typewriter and sometimes pretended to be my dad’s little secretary. My parent’s sold the business 10 years ago and I regret not bring my typewriter home with me.

First thing I would type are my grandmother’s old recipes that I found in my aunt's attic

Amanda said...

How sweet is she?!

I love how typewriters can seem like time is spiraling backwards. The clicks and the bells of a typewriter make letter writing seem like so much more compared to a computer.

I would love to type up something ordinary like a to-do list or a recipe.

Erika Lee Sears said...

Typewriters are so romantic- I think it's because I always imagine typing letters to a long lost pen pal from the past. :) I hope I win!

Emily said...

I love how deliberate typewriters make my writing. Typing on a computer is easy to edit, and leads to too many words. Using a typewriter requires forethought and caution.

Also, typewriters bring back fond memories of retyping Sesame Street stories on my parents' old typewriter when I was little.

If I won, the first thing I'd type would be a thank you note to Sarah! :)

Drew said...

Ok so typewriters to me have an aroma and a feel that is lost in the modern day computer, its as though the fonts speak directly to a part of my brain and/or heart that is otherwise guarded to modern day technology, the part that shines on a fall day when the wind is light and the many shades of red and orange litter that backdrop of a forest of rich greens and pine needle drapped floor. Recieving a letter composed on a typewriter is like opening a gift, and by a gift I mean something that someone has actually poured of thier heart and soul into, something of meaning, something worth treasuring and holding on to. I was just telling my fiance' the other day that the perfect wedding present for me would totally be a typewriter to finish my book on.
So I am not going to say that I am that I am the perfect person to give this typewriter to but I am the closest thing to the perfect person to give this typewrite to and heck, I am not to prideful, I would totally beg to win this thing. Thanks for the awesome give a way by the way...

Leah said...

Typewriters are the neatest thing... it allows you to type a letter, connect with others, in a way that is different than modern modes of communication. Yes, you are still typing out the words like you would on a computer or phone, but what you have left is the physical note, something that can be held or tucked away, cherished forever. It is almost as if they were leaving a piece of themselves behind.
The first thing I would type is journaling for a scrapbook page dedicated to my new typewriter: my ode to all that is lovely about typewriters.

Abby said...

I love the nostalgia that surrounds a type writer. I love to think of the classic books that were most likely drafted on one.

Typewriters also remind me of my Grandpa Harmon. He was a real estate agent and carried his old typewriter around in a case and used it to draft contracts (he never switched to a computer). He even let me use it a couple of times. I remember that I loved the sound it made when I typed.

What would I type first? A letter to my penpal, of course. My penpal, Roya, and I have been writing since we were in 4th grade (18 years). We wrote through our tween years and high school years. We kept writing after high school and now we both have daughters! How crazy is that? Even though we are facebook friends and can e-mail each other any time, we still enjoy sending letters back and forth.

Barbara said...

I haven't used a typewriter in forever! What a fun Etsy shop she has! Vintage is terrific...those box cameras: I remember my Brownie. Gosh, Dionne, I am getting OLD!!!

If I had space I'd enter...but I really don't. :(

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS to say hi! That sounds amazing!

Mir said...

I love the fact that they are elegant, romantic relics of days gone by and the first thing I would do if I won is I would type a penpal a lovely letter :)

mel sutton said...

ever since i can remember, my mamaw has sent me typed letters in the mail. i used to receive one a month, usually sharing the details of her daily routine (beauty shop, gardening) or telling me which of her friends was in the hospital dealing with some ailment.

she went to secretarial school (back in the 40's - picture the women of "Mad Men"), and she treasured her typewriter dearly. she recently moved into an alzheimer care facility, and i think it would absolutely make her day/week/year to receive a typed letter from me to let her know how i love her.

Mallory said...

Oh, very exciting! I love how one you can feel with your work. Keyboards kind of remove you from your words, while a typewriter you can feel the gears inside your head move with every clack of a letter. The first thing I would write would be my thoughts in the morning, so they will never be lost :)

Thanks for the chance,
Mallory

Fripperie said...

I love the slight impression the keys make on a good paper. And i think a vintage typewriter would have to be welcomed with a haiku...

Olivia said...

I think these typewriters are so vintage and schabby chic! My room is decorated in Cottage/Vintage decorations. The first thing I would write would be a poem!

Jill Turner said...

Oh my gosh this would be such a wonderful giveaway to win! I am a HUGE snail mail fan! I love the vintage look of type written letters. The first thing I would do is send my boyfriend who lives on the other coast a letter!

k. davis said...

wowee, how i wish it would be me! I love the sound that typewriters make, the "click clack" as you type. I think the first thing I would type is a "thank you" to Sarah for giving such a beauty away, and then i'd write a love letter to my husband!

(I'm in S. Korea, use an APO address..but my sister (in PA) said she'd LOVE to inherit it from me, if I won!)

Carissa said...

oh. my. god. this is THE most amazing giveaway! I am LOVING that Underwood Deluxe! gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of typewriters... they really are romantic like you say, especially in this day and age. long ago, they were just practical instruments, like laptops are now. but as the years have gone by, typewriters have become symbols of a time when the art of writing a good old fashioned letter was cherished.

if I won, I'd probably write a letter to my best friend... we used to write little notes to each other all the time in high school. it would be so nice if things were still that way! now it's facebook and text messages :)

kelly ann said...

i love everything about typewriters, but mostly i love how they remind me of my great grandparents. they had a gorgeous black typewriter that they used everyday. whether writing letters to family and friends, or typing original poetry, or writing little love notes to each other, they were always using it. my mom inherited the typewriter, and it was one of my favourite things. tragically, the shelf it sat on collapsed during an earthquake, and basically destroyed it. it was heartbreaking!

the first thing i would type, is a letter to my great grandparents. they're no longer alive, but i would still type it up. i would thank them for giving me a love for all things vintage... and to find the beauty in old things.

Kelli said...

I love the sound once it gets to the end of the paper and you have to change it over. It reminds me of eating corn on the cob. :)
I would type a letter to my best friend living in Idaho.

Autumn said...

I love the simple beauty of a typed recipe card.
I would love to have a recipe box of all my favorite dishes and desserts typed up that I can one day pass on to my daughter.
My first typed words would be: "Mom, I WON A TYPEWRITER!!!"
What a fun giveaway! It is truly a lost art.

siilenti said...

I'm a writer and there's something so classic about a typewriter! Reminds me of Faulker. Ah! The first thing I'd do is type up a story, my goodness!

Oh, My Darling said...

Typewriters remind me of my early childhood. Despite being a baby of the technology era (sort of... I'm 25), my family used an old-fashioned typwriter until I was in the 4th grade. It was during that year that my mom and I (i.e., mostly my mom) typed a report that I wrote about Bats (yes, the animal). A few weeks later, our family got a computer, I think because my mom realized that the reports that I would have to write would become longer and longer as I got older. So, long story short, typewriters remind me of my mom and make me think of her being a college-woman because that's when she purchased her typewriter.

Considering this, I'd use the typewriter first to write a letter to my mom. Or maybe I'd come up with a fun report about Bats, for nostalgia's sake.

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Holly Knitlightly said...

Oh what a great giveaway! Sadly I live in Canada so I can't win, but good luck to everyone else! I love typewriters so much. I recently became pen pals with some people so I would love to send them a pretty letter. :)

Alycia Morales said...

Dionne, Your blog is still amazing! I miss you Etsy ladies, but I know I'm doing what I'm called to do right now. ;)

As for the typewriter, I love them! I love the sounds of typing. I love how the little ding goes off when you swing the return to get to your next line. (I wish they'd add that sound effect to computers' enter buttons...). Being a writer, the nostalgia of a typewriter rests with fond memories in my soul...
If I were to win such a wonderful blessing, the first thing I would write would be a poem about typewriters, which I would then submit somewhere in hopes of publication and the chance to remind others of the joys of typing on such machines.

cory - falling star lane said...

Hey Dionne!!
I can remember taking typing in school - i was so bad at it!! But i have since learned to braille, and type on the key board - it's amazing how much more i like it now that it's a accent to life.
:)
if i won one of the pretty little babies, i'd write a thank you note!!
lol
I love reading and writing, so i know it would be used often.
God Bless!
Cory

becks said...

I love the letter quality of typewriters; how sometimes the ink is spotty in some places and saturated in others. I would probably write a letter to a friend of mine who moved out to California to work for CurrentTV.

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Precious Nuptials & Destinations said...

A thank you letter to Sarah, of course! :)

Tender Branson said...

I love the sounds the typewriter makes as you really get into a typing groove. First thing I would type...a manuscript?

Kristin said...

There is something so romantic about a typewriter!

amy b.s. said...

i love the sound typewriters make and that it gives whatever you typing such a historical and emotional feel. i imagine writing a book on a typewriter some day. so romantic.

DaisyToad said...

I have collected a few typewriters, initially to sell in my Etsy shop, but have found myself so attached to them! I use my 2 in my paper art...scrapbooking and such. Love them!

Danielle Vincent said...

I love typewriters because they give a feeling of simplicity and they add a personal touch to whatever it is you are writing. The first thing I would type would be my wedding vows for our upcoming June 4th wedding. We are also wanting a typewriter for the guest book :)

ag. said...

wow this is generous!
there is something so heartwarming about a typewriter. i think it's all the history that comes with it, imagining all the letters that have been typed on it in the past. and the patience needed to use them!!!
i would definitely type a letter to my friend jenn. she LOVES typewriters and would be so thrilled to get a letter from one.
so glad to discover sarah's shop!

Willow Branch said...

I think old typewriters are so romantic. I love the little bell that dings when you get to the end & I ponder what wonderful sentiments have been patted out on those keys. I think I'd write my Mom a Thank You letter so being so special.

Pam

jeanette said...

My Grannie Dee's typewriter has been in my house forever. I remember playing with it as a little girl marveling at the shiny keys and the click noise it made. My mom said that my Grannie Dee used it to type birthday cards to all 8 of her children. Someday I'll get it but for now I would love one of my own and the first thing I am going to do with it is hand type all of my save the dates and maybe all my wedding stationary!

A Slight Fever said...

To me, typewriters are so charming and lovely because they remind us of a different time when things weren't so effortless. A type written letter seems magical now. Everyone loves pressing the buttons and waiting to see the results. I love absolutely LOVE a typewriter and would use it often!
The first thing I'd type with it would be an extensive list of all of the fun, sweet and imaginative things I want to type!
Thanks for the chance to win. Good luck to all!'
Reagan
reags00@hotmail.com

Lauren said...

Why do I love typewriters?
The font, the sound, the nostalgia. When I was a child, I always wanted a typewriter so I could write newspapers, letters, and decorate paper. I bought one at a yard sale, and my mother got rid of it. I was a devastated 9 year old! The first thing I would type would be a thank you letter for such an awesome giveaway!

Tali Schiffer said...

(I know I'm not in the US, but my uncle is, so I have a US address, if I'm the lucky winner...)
I LOVE typewriters, don't know why, but they are just cool! I think it's because nowadays we are so used to everything being so automatic, that we forget to admire the charm of something so basic and mechanical! (same with cameras...). If I am ever so lucky to be the winner, I would write a love letter to my honey!

Jayne said...

I love the old type of course, and the sound it makes is pretty grand too! My first words would be," Hey, guess what? I WON this thing! Did you know that i never WIN things, I do have a "want angel" though,(i somehow always have enough money to get what ever it is)... Maybe it's cuz i'm not frivolous though.... :p "

HaHa, now i'm gettin a little carried away, so i think thats sufficient! :)
Cheers for the winner of an awesome giveaway!

Dionne said...

Thanks for your entries, this giveaway is now closed.

Drew said...

Hey so just out of curiosity, who won? Or do we know..?

Abby said...

I keep checking to see who won... Have I missed something?

Dionne said...

Hi Abby and Drew. The winner was announced at the end of this post:
http://notesfromdionne.blogspot.com/2010/09/cake-fashion-giveaway.html