who has identified this typewriter as a Hammond No. 2. Thanks so much, sir! And if you are a typewriter enthusiast, you need to check out his blog. Outstanding stuff! Makes me want to get the old toothbrush out and clean out the keys of the Underwood sitting on my desk. Seriously. Check it out.
(I have spent this past week celebrating our 25th anniversary, hence no posts lately – not even witty replies or comments to everyone’s fine work. But I will catch up.)
While touring the absolutely amazing botanical environs of Pierre S. du Pont’s estate, known as Longwood Gardens, I came across some very unexpected items, particularly while wandering through the estate house. The 9-foot, walnut veneer Steinway piano stood out, as did the poster of du Pont meeting John Philip Sousa.
But what was really interesting, from a writer’s standpoint, was the office inside the estate house. Sitting unfortunately too far away for close inspection was an old typewriter, complete with wooden case. I took the picture and then did the research later, trying to confirm the model.
It appears that Pierre S. du Pont may have used a German typewriter, a Polygraph 3. Not many around from what I can tell. Next time I am there, I will see if I can get permission to have a closer look.
What does this have to do with writing? Not much, really, at face value, since du Pont was known more for his skill as a chemist and industrialist than as a writer. Of course, there are those who traipse the globe looking for rare antique machines, so this find would qualify as a “triple woot!” For me, after seeing a type writing machine that was probably a century in age, or more, I can only imagine the giants of old, clacking away, churning out classics.
If only it were that easy!
The vacation travel is over now, so once I get through tagging and cropping photos, I will get back to it, most likely on my netbook. Not quite a Polygraph 3, but a hundred years from now, who knows how my little device will be viewed.
Next up: the next episode of Witt Kepler, estimated posting on 1 April.