So what's the gift on the lips of every college student this Christmas? Their lips tell you iMac, but their eyes say Remington Quiet-Riter. Never judge a college student by what you see in their eyes, or for that matter what's on their lips.

If they'd been alive in 1956 perhaps this typewriter would have been exactly what they dreamed would be under the tree (besides Tuesday Weld or James Dean). Alas typewriters have gone the way of too many things to list. Let's just say I learned to type on a Remington that belonged to my mother. It's still in the closet. It's a work of art.

Remington Quiet-Riter ad_1956_tatteredandlost
 Source: National Geographic December 1956


  1. Wow what a beauty. I learned to type on a manual typewriter too, but nothing so tidy or cool as that Quiet-riter. "riter" - oh horror, I find it difficult to type that why couldn't they just call it Quiet-writer and be done with it! I suppose it is something to do with copyright.

    Anyway, I love the little case it comes in, I'll sign up at $1 a week!

  2. I'm with you. I hate when copywriters get "clever" with spelling. The incorrect spelling becomes the norm for too many people. Such as "thanx" which drives me nuts. If you're actually typing the exact same amount of characters can't people put a "k" at the end instead of "x"? Are they really saving time?

    "Quiet-Riter" is just soooooo annoying. But lovely typewriter and case.

  3. I LIKE to use letterhead, especially pieces done using a typewriter. The characters often (as not) indent the paper. My latest (current post)is a prime example. Whomever was at the keyboard had a heavy hand, and periods and commas are difficult to 'cover up', especially when I'm trying to keep that portion of the document transparent so the light goes in and comes back out. There's a trick to it that I've learned over time, but using colored pencils is still the best way I know to make glass look like glass.

  4. I really like that piece you did with the jar.

    Yeah, you've got a distinct problem to deal with when working over typewriter indentations. Do you burnish the back of the paper first to try to bring the indentations closer to the paper surface? I agree that colored pencils would be really the only way to handle it. I do remember in college having a class where we had to do draw various surfaces with Prismacolor markers: glass, wood, metal. It was a nightmare. I never did master it, but they wanted us to know how to quickly comp different kinds of surfaces. Never found a need to do it in real life. Tossed it mentally away like the periodic tables.

  5. I use an agate 'tooth' burnisher. Just the letters and punctuation. Applying gouache carefully (just the characters) also helps, but I have to be careful because applying the Prismacolor over the top doesn't always work.

  6. Yeah, prismacolors and gouache not so great together. You get that weird washed out color plus I remember the pen squeaking when it came to the gouache. Finger nails on a blackboard.