Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wall Post

When we moved to our new home about a year ago, Mrs. Magic Margin was very generous in allowing me space to display my personal typewriter collection. Everything about the "typewriter room" has been a work in progress. The biggest problem for any collector is storage space. To display a typewriter is a large investment in shelf real-estate. 

I've mentioned my love of the Expedit shelf from the mega furniture retailer, IKEA. Each cube is 12" square so any typewriter you display needs to be smaller than that. I have been able to display a large collection using this storage system, but there are machines that I don't use (because they need to be repaired or restored. I don't want to get rid of them, but I would like to have them out and appreciated. So, this was the solution:


I know that there are some in the Typosphere that might be a little hesitant to hang some typewriters on the wall, but I like it. 


Each machine is custom-hung and the mount is attached to a stud. They are very secure. I don't know about the long-term effect that hanging would have on the mechanisms, but I imagine that it wouldn't be too different from storing them upright in their cases for an extended period of time.

8 comments:

  1. Ha, never seen typewriters displayed like that!
    Perhaps you should begin training to type on those hanging typewriters. ( :

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  2. Very nice. I had hanging typewriters as a method of storing from an old collector in WVA who I purchased some things from last year. He told me that was what he did. I never seen any hanging machines. Looks good. Too bad my MRS. will not agree to hanging typewriters.

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  3. Our Swiss friend collector Alfred Wepf hangs his typewriters on the walls as well - he attaches a plastic wire to the carriage knobs.

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  4. Hey! That's actually really cool. I've been thinking of doing something very similar myself.

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  5. And seeing that SG1 there, makes me really want to get into fixing mine.

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  6. Nice. I saw this done in a book called "Living Large in Small Spaces". The guy hung typewriters on the wall and used the carry cases as filing cabinets for paperwork. Here's the link, about a quarter of the way down the page;
    http://seenandsaid.blogspot.com.au/2008_03_01_archive.html

    I've been meaning to get an expedit bookshelf to display my machines, but, at the moment, I have nowhere to put the bookshelf. My only real main concern would be the dust that might accumulate in all the nooks and crannys, but I guess a quick vacuum once a month would solve that.
    Nice job!

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  7. I have a typewriter that I would love to mount on my office wall. Would you mind telling me about the hardware you used to mount yours? Any info appreciated - thanks!

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  8. Susie, if you figured out what hardware to use, I'd love to know. Trying to do the same here. Thanks!

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