typewriter bracelet

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This bracelet is made of recycled typewriter keys. I remember what fun it was to type on grown-ups' manual typewriters when I was growing up. My friends and I would make up our own news stories and quizzes and fill-in-the-blank forms. If you typed too fast or in an uneven rhythm, the keys got stuck against one another, and you had to reach into the machine to free them. I'd get typewriter ink on my fingers that way. I liked all the special symbols you could get when you held down the shift or the shift-lock key. One friend's father's typewriter had a red and black ribbon - you must have been able to press some kind of lever to raise the ribbon and get red letters instead of black ones. There was a small bell that rang when you got to the end of a line, and then you got to throw the carriage return back to the beginning, an exceptionally satisfying physical experience. The shiny lever, the ticking sound, the smooth mechanical motion as the carriage engaged and then slid back to the beginning of the line. Sometimes I wish laptops came with carriage return levers... We have a rotary phone, so my children have had that experience, but I don't think we have a working manual typewriter in the house any more.

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That is a remarkable bracelet! Where did you get it? P.S. I always enjoy your artwork.

beautiful line drawing and oh yes those old typewriters made such wonderful sounds!

I found this bracelet at a craft fair. I think the catalog "Uncommon Goods" carries similar ones, as well.

Thank you! I'll have to check out "Uncommon Goods." I'd love to have one like that.

That's a nice piece of history and I'd like to have one.

I am currently an unemployed freelance writer, seeking for a typewriter. Does anyone has one, that they think they dont need?
Thank you...

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