I love typewriters — the memory of them, that is. I would not like to go back to one now, but a picture of one does bring up pleasant memories. I believe it was around 2000 when I finally gave up my manual typewriter. It was a bittersweet event.
My first typewriter was one that my dad owned, a fat old thing, black with gold lettering, and spidery-looking. I think it was an Underwood. There was that heaviness under my finger tips as I pushed down the keys, and that soft smack of keys against the paper and platen. The carriage moved and I slapped it back into place. Joy.
When Dad would allow us to use his typewriter, we would type up fictional articles for our “newspaper.” That started my lifelong attachment to the keyboard, which gave me a skill that has been my bread and butter for decades.
On another note, I also love classical and orchestral music. It’s the only music you’ll find me listening to these days.
So, when I came upon this animation of The Typewriter, a beloved piece composed by Leroy Anderson in 1950 and first performed by the Boston Pops, I had to share it with you. Animators Richard Haynes and Mikolaj Watt created this short film in 2010. Take a look:
Isn’t that wonderful? Read more about composer Leroy Anderson and his fun composition here.