Typewriter Town

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Typewriter TownTypewriter Town
Smith
1960

I think this particular title is a good one for discussion. As a child, I would have thought this was cool how a typewriter made art of some kind. However, I am over the age of  (cough) 50 and hardly the target market anymore.

The 800s are one of the more sluggish sections in my library. A title really has to earn its place on the shelf.  I would weed this in a heartbeat for my library, but maybe someone out there has the inside scoop on this title and its appropriateness for libraries. Would the poetry/art crowd please weigh in?

Mary

Typewriter Town front flap

picture made on typewriter

picture made on typewriter

10 comments

  1. I just got a form back from my town that was typed with a typewriter, and then I opened this up. Typewriters apparently aren’t quite dead in some small towns… But, yeah, anyone younger than I am (30s) has little knowledge of or experience with them, and I would think that would make it hard to appreciate the “art” here.

  2. Proto-ASCII art! This belongs in a special collection devoted to computer generated art or similar. Definitely doesn’t belong in a common collection though.

    K

  3. Oh my goodness gracious lord a-mighty – I MUST OWN THIS BOOK. Yes, it’s niche, but as a collage artist, I AM IN LOVE. It’s inventive, creative, and it just may want grown-up kids in their 30s and 40s (old enough to remember typewriters but young enough to not ever have used one in their career) to bust out their parents’ machine and have some fun. At least, that’s what it did for me. Did I mention that I have two vintage typewriters in my studio?

    If you are willing to part with it, I will give a donation to your library in exchange for it. How much are you asking for it? 😀

  4. They still use a typewriter in the church I work at to type up the parishioner cards. When asked why she hasn’t moved to automated and she rattled off a list of reasons why it would be impossible. Me thinks she just doesn’t want to learn.

  5. This reminds me of the tactile Braille drawings that blind children can make with a Braille typewriter. It’s created in the same way that this or ASCII art is made, with Braille cells and open spaces arranged to provide the outline and some details of the object being drawn. The kids usually follow it up by coloring their tactile drawings with scented markers or crayons. It’s a great adaptation for young blind and low vision children that lets them be creative just like their sighted peers.

    While I don’t think this particular book would play very well in a library collection for the blind, the concept is still kinda neat. I agree that this book might be of interest in a specialized collection. But would probably be a shelf-sitter in your average public library due to its age and niche nature.

  6. omg. this is the stuff i did with my typewriter in elementary school. and now as an artist/graphic designer who hearts typography, i had to buy.

  7. The concept and the datedness aside, the pictures are awfully crude for what they are (they’d be practically unidentifiable without the colors) and the poems are trite. Find a nice book of ASCII art instead.

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