Antique Typewriter

Recently, I was asked to do a commission of an antique typewriter. Old items like this intrigue me. Each has such a history, and this typewriter arrived at my studio with an aura of mystery. 

It was shipped to me from Lee Center, New York, in the Foot Hills of the Adirondacks. From the condition of the case and the hay stalks imbedded in the keys, I can only assume it had been stored in someone's barn for decades. With a compact, folding design made for traveling, the typewriter was probably someone's prize possession at one time. Possibly the first person of an Adirondack family to get a college education. Maybe taken in trade by a farmer in a deal with a writer just passing through the area. My imagination wanders.

So, I cleaned up the typewriter the best I could, and rubbed a little oil on the metal parts to make them shine. I purposefully painted the antique as if it was new. I love the patterns of light glowing on metal. My commission customer was pleased.

Now, the typewriter sits in my studio with my other painting props. I just like looking at it, but will probably create several more artworks from it in time. For now, I enjoy thinking about where it has been and what it has seen for the last one hundred years.

1910 Corona Typewriter
oil on canvas
24 x 24 x .75


  1. Hi Nance,

    I really like your Corona painting.
    It is so deep in color and at peace within its beige background.

    I am a collector of 19th century typewrites and I think that you will be surprised by the beauty of typewriters from the 1880s and 1890s.

    You can see my collection at www.antiquetypewriters.com

    Once again, lovely work.

    Martin Howard

  2. Amazing painting! It looks like a photo! Love this painting and the story behind it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Martin.

    Thanks for dropping by and adding a comment!

    Your typewriter website is fascinating! I am amazed at all the different shapes and designs of type machines. Thanks for the heads-up on your great site!


  4. Hilda,

    So good to see your name in my blog! And, what wonderful work you do with pastels! Not a medium I could ever master, so I really appreciate the realism you create in your work.


  5. I like your blog! By the way, If u have time drop by my painting blog. Thanks!.. .daniel


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