Into Print

Posted by
OurTwoSense (Atlantic Shores, United States) on 9 August 2010 in Business & Industry.

Lilly : Were you saying you wanted to borrow a typewriter, Ronnie ?
Ronnie : Oh, it's okay - I've managed with my John Bull Printing Outfit.
Lilly : Quite a little Randolph Hearst, aren't you ?!

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jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

thats one old typewriter there Lilly

9 Aug 2010 6:37am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

True to type you have stamped your mark on this one although in a somewhat unhinged fashion Ronnie. Your Underwood lives up to its name Lilly. It looks like that is exactly where it has been kept :0

9 Aug 2010 9:15am

@grouser: ha ha . . a gem Comment here, Grouser !!

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Underwood? Hmm... Not Underwater instead?

9 Aug 2010 10:36am

@António Pires: yeah, does make y'think, yes ? (Ronnie)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Lilly: With this typewriter Ronnie can write old love poems for you!

9 Aug 2010 10:45am

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

beautiful typewriter

9 Aug 2010 11:23am

Mithun Varma from Bangalore, India

Age seems to be the watermark on this picture! Nice job L&R :)

9 Aug 2010 11:50am

@Mithun Varma: ah, nicely put ! Thanks, Mithun.

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

neat artifacts.

9 Aug 2010 12:16pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

nice shot

9 Aug 2010 1:04pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I love old typewriters. I spent Sunday at a flea market and they were everywhere!

9 Aug 2010 2:22pm

Zoltan from Toronto, Canada

I'm also a flea-market kind of person. Yellowing, soiled paper and rusty metal are two of my favourite tones. One-stop shopping here.

9 Aug 2010 2:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

You two find the most amazing stuff. This great! If no one needs that typewriter . . .

9 Aug 2010 3:25pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

fabulous image .

9 Aug 2010 4:22pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars.
The shot of the day : I like the mood here…

9 Aug 2010 4:23pm

@Calusarus: Thank you, my friend - we are indeed flattered ! (L&R)

Sunder from Chennai, India

Superb shot!!
Love everything in it...The old rusty great detail
Stamps..pretty old ones ...
Great picture.

9 Aug 2010 5:22pm

@Sunder: Thanks, Sunder - welcome !

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really like these old things,great stuff

9 Aug 2010 5:29pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

I've heard of mail arriving late, but that typewiter would fall apart if you tried
to return the carriage, let alone type anything. Maybe should try Morse code
or something more up to date.

9 Aug 2010 5:40pm

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Morse code . . ? . . ah, yes, such happy days back in the 1850's ! (Ronnie)

yz from Budapest, Hungary

what a great looking old typewriter
have you written the post on it? :)

9 Aug 2010 5:44pm

@yz: ha ha . . yes, did it show ?! (Ronnie)

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

What a find! From your last excursion to the Titanic...?

9 Aug 2010 5:50pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

wow! where you find your thing to show!! amazin and a lovely image! and banter!!:)

9 Aug 2010 6:11pm

k@ from Paris, France

Super lighting, hence tones, and beyond your unique humor i can't take my eyes off this super old lady here (no, not Lilly, the type-writing machine ;) Is it yours ? Ah, love its rusty fab wig !

9 Aug 2010 6:36pm

@k@: Sadly, the old lady survives only in pictures and my John Bull Printing set is now no more . . (Ronnie)

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand


9 Aug 2010 6:57pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I don't have any clever puns...I love to read Grouser's.
I just have to say, again; love your creative minds and shots.
Of course, this rusty Underwood is just too gorgeous !!!

9 Aug 2010 7:28pm

@Dulcie: Thank you, Dulcie and, yes, ol'Grouser has a way with words ! (Ronnie)

tataray from france, France

Superbe objet que cette machine !...
J'aime la couleur de la rouille))

9 Aug 2010 7:40pm

@tataray: Merci ! Rouille que nous ont en abondance. (Ronnie)

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

Cool retro composition.

9 Aug 2010 8:59pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Superbe image, you're a real artist !!!

9 Aug 2010 9:25pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This could take a while. Good luck though. ;) Beautiful composition!

9 Aug 2010 9:35pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

That ol' Underwood could use a little work, I'm afraid. Wonderful image and light.

9 Aug 2010 9:37pm

Akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Lilly is showing that she got also very old stuff, be carefull Ronnie you might have shown your treasures too fast.

10 Aug 2010 12:39am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I love the raw, grittiness of this typewriter. I'm glad Amanda has identified where all the typewriters went. :-)
It seemed like they were obliterated from this earth "en masse."

10 Aug 2010 1:14am

Becky from los angeles, United States

love love love this!

10 Aug 2010 1:47am

Susan from Sausalito, United States

What is it about oldness in people and in objects that make them far more interesting than the sleek and beautiful of today. Maybe in 30 or 40 years, my Mac will be beautiful and mysterious.

10 Aug 2010 3:48am

@Susan: Yes, agreed. And the pace of change is speeding up around us !

Dana from Burbank, United States

The Underwood looks under water. Love the rusty relic vs. the old queen's postage. From a day when letters took the slow boat.

10 Aug 2010 4:37am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Wow, that's a really old typewriter. Love the details, great job!

10 Aug 2010 6:19am

Florence from Paris, France

A good old rusty Underwood ! Time flies ! ;-)))

10 Aug 2010 8:42am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Oh my... this is fabulous ! Looks like we've just jumped back in time ! Lovely textures and tones here...
I really like it ! Have a nice day :)

10 Aug 2010 11:56am

@Tamara: Thanks, Tamara . . you have a good day, too ! (Ronnie)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Too funny!

10 Aug 2010 1:13pm

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

goodness, the setting for the typewriter is fab

10 Aug 2010 2:06pm

don from spokane, United States

A fine old Underwood with the keys jammed....typical look for one of these! :-) Nice post.

10 Aug 2010 2:34pm

Nathanael from Paris, France

Letter or earlier...

10 Aug 2010 3:19pm

Marta Ocampo from Teo, Spain


10 Aug 2010 5:05pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

so nice shot here

10 Aug 2010 6:06pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


10 Aug 2010 7:14pm

Catherine from Seoul, South Korea

you seem to have a limitless supply of antique stuff, I like ^^

11 Aug 2010 2:20am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

What a collection. Very cool shot - you nailed it!

11 Aug 2010 2:17pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

a jump in the past from which the colours are very important in the atmosphere

11 Aug 2010 4:02pm

@kerfendal: Thank you, Kerfendal. Both items carried much of the coloring you see - all we did was balance them a touch. (Ronnie)

Mhelene from Paris, France

A great composition with this impressiv typewriter .

11 Aug 2010 6:46pm

@Mhelene: Thank you, yes, we reckon that typewriter is from around 1930 ! (Ronnie)

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A very funny dialogue! Accompanying a delightful image! I love antiques! The typewriter is beautiful!

11 Aug 2010 7:21pm

@Fonts: Indeed a beauty : today, we seem to eliminate style for preference of faceless fashion. (Ronnie)

dideban from mashhad, Iran

I like this photo

11 Aug 2010 8:16pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Great composotion... love this old typewriter wich has sudden the assaults of time... a testimony of past to protect.

12 Aug 2010 9:04am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Great tone. Great shot.

Love the capturing of the "oldness" of both subjects!

12 Aug 2010 11:18am

DaveB from Exeter, United Kingdom

Lovely juxtaposition, and the colours on both sides are lovely

12 Aug 2010 2:31pm

rem_la from Villiers, France

j'aime ce genre de vieillerie !

12 Aug 2010 3:05pm

@rem_la: Oui, c'est comme toucher le temps! (Ronnie)

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

I don't get the connection between the stamps and the John Bull Printing Outfit (which I googled). What am I missing?

12 Aug 2010 5:03pm

@Anita: Ahhh . . the John Bull Printing Outfit was around in the 1950's and comprised tiny rubber letters that could be placed in a wooden block and made into a 'stamp'. The heading on the album page was made using that, I reckon. (Ronnie)

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

That's one old typewritter. I would use a printing outfit myself. I'm sure my parents still have the one I had for XMAS nearly 40 years ago! Now you've got me thinking. I'm going up into their loft tomorrow to retrieve it!!

12 Aug 2010 7:33pm

@Philip: Sounds like a good plan - would make a great photo-subject if you have one of those old kits ! Let us know if you publish and we'd be happy to link to that rather than eBay ! (Ronnie)

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful! I love the warm tones and lighting.

13 Aug 2010 8:56am

@✿ Anina ✿: Thanks, Anina - those ancient tones were there in the images and did not need much tweaking ! (Ronnie)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love the connection between the two images! Sending letters is a lost art, and this reminds me that I should send some!

13 Aug 2010 3:11pm

Praveen from llanell, United Kingdom


13 Aug 2010 10:59pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Oh! Thanks for explanation. I didn't realize the set stamped stamps!

16 Aug 2010 10:46am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Ha ha... lol, John Bull indeed, wicked !.

17 Aug 2010 12:09am

Ken from United States

Ronnie! Lilly! How did I miss this! Love it LOVE it!

17 Aug 2010 3:07pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

My girls will probably never know the 'true' meaning of a typewriter! And what a wonderful collection of stamps.... I remember as a kid spending hours looking at my uncles' stamp collection! They don't make them so beautiful anymore :(
Gorgeous tones and detail! Bravo

19 Aug 2010 5:27pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique, cette vieille machine à écrire, et la composition avec les vieux timbres est très réussie. Bravo.

21 Aug 2010 3:41pm

@Marie: Je vous remercie, Marie. Nous étions heureux avec commentaire cela recherché. (Ronnie)

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

A lot of memories with this one... nostalgia too... lovely warm tones and composition here... and remenber... Don't put the typewriter in the fish tank ! here is the result...

29 Aug 2010 10:02am

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I used to have a typewriter just like that one but it was in much better condition. Don't know what my parents did with it.

6 Sep 2010 9:14pm