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The idea what to do with all these machines has really started me thinking. Sure, I could keep them in the classroom collection, but that would only impact my students. I want to share the love of typewriters with many people. That's why I have decided to create a new program called Typegrant. Typegrant is designed to get typewriters into the hands of creative young people. While the application process is still in development, a student under the age of 18 can apply to receive their own beautiful typewriter. Each one will be completely working and filled to the brim with ribbons, paper, and Ko-Rec-Type correction tabs. This machine will be their to keep. Exciting, no?

I will be working out the details over the weekend and hope to have a completed application and plan in the next few days. In the interim, please enjoy these pictures form the Eric Lawson donation!


  1. An excellent plan, and a fine stable of machines - I'm excited to both hear more about your program and how Eric got ahold of such a fine selection of mostly 1950's examples (IMHO, the *best* era of typewriter manufacture)

  2. You're on to a great idea!

    What an impressive collection.

  3. This is pretty cool!
    Love the Underwood 5 and the Tower Skyriter.

  4. They look like good typewriters and the grant idea sounds great. I like the Scheidegger Typomatic (a bit discolored, though).

  5. Great idea, and what a lovely lot of typewriters to start with! More and more teenagers are getting turned on to typewriters, which bodes well for the future of these machines... and their writing too, of course.

  6. Great idea! The machines are really nice looking.

  7. My mom had typewriter, I had another and the rest came from an up for auction storage unit. The storage unit was next door to mine and was attracting no bidders. I noticed it had a new pressure canner in it, that I wanted and was worth way more than the bid I raised my hand. It was cheap enough and since I was the only bidder, they accepted my bid.

    In several boxes, packed in newspapers dating back to 2001, were the typewriters.

  8. what an excellent surprise score! I sort of feel sad for the fellow that clearly put together a lovingly-cared-for collection in 2001, but at least the machines will find new life in the CTP (:

    I shudder in horror to think of what would've happened if someone else had won that auction!

  9. I just read my own post. It's obvious that it was early and I was in too much of a hurry to poofread (sic) the post.

    ain't never done no good with da english language nohow...and early and rushed don't help none....



  10. What an excellent idea. In this age of texting and Twitterfication, the thought of students learning about the impact of permanency is a wonderful thing.

  11. Well, the whole thing is because of Eric and his kindness. I already have more than enough machines. It would be greedy to want to keep them. With any luck we will have some kids who will be going home with typewriters!

  12. Nine more typewriters were found.

    I feel almost like a stalker going through the storage unit.

    There were 29 typewriters, about 25 cases of mason jars for canning, a boiling water bath canner, a very nice All American pressure canner, two engine blocks and associated parts, some chaise lounge chairs, some woodworking projects, a stock pot, some engine tools, a couple of partially finished rifle stocks, a window air conditioner, a HUGE shop vacuum and tools, and two backpacks.

    I have been distributing the stuff to friends who I know can use the stuff and the storage locker is nearly empty now.

    If I had met the previous owner, I think we could have become friends...we have (had) a large number of common interests.


  13. Fantastic. Another great story. It could be interesting not to make the grantee criteria too literary. Maybe a letter?


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