Hey now, it's not just me-- there are TONS of people with massive and unruly collections of typewriters in thier lives...okay, so maybe just 1 single ton of people who have a typewriter tucked away under nearly every legged piece of furniture, others proudly sitting on nearly every sturdy surface, and still others stacked in their cases in nearly every closet and cupboard. I WAS that kind of person, but honestly due to space constraints and with 3 little ones running around, I've culled the collection to a mere couple tucked under furniture, a couple on desks, and a few stacked away. The floor boards no longer sag with the weight of my machines (special thanks to my old neighbor for taking that old cast steel Royal 10 off my hands!).
I think many typewriters are beautifully designed machines and totally worthy of being present in my daily life, so I do happily display a few. My blue Royal Empress is the star of the show, sitting majestically atop my writing desk in the living room. I use that machine for typing most of my letters to friends, envelopes, lists, and labels for the art my kids make. My (also blue) Golden Shield Silent Meteor is often right next to it as it is the only machine I use to make all of my prints for the shop (yep, only that one-- I've tried using others, but there's just something very particularly off about the type alignment that gives it a special feeling). I keep a couple of others with different typefaces underneath nearby furniture in case I want to type in a different style or in some cases use multiple.
However, the most important thing I do with all these machines is SHARE THEM! I LOVE sharing the love of using a typewriter with other people, and the best way to do that is to, well, actually share it! I was captivated after my very first keystroke on my old co-worker's IBM Selectric II (burnt-orange color) and the rest is history. I like to think that I can give someone the same opportunity to experience falling in love with a different way of being creative. That, or to give someone a chance to re-connect the machines and memories of their past, as is often the case when older folks come into contact with typewriters again. I love to hear their stories of learning to type, or of typing dissertations, or watching their grandma type letters, or playing with a dusty one in the basement when they were a kid. I have hosted 3 type-ins and raffled off 3 typewriters in 2 different cities now. Typewriters are a bit like my botanicals to me-- if they're just sitting around not being seen or used, nobody gets to experience the joy and beauty of them. This is why I have decided to keep my collection small and to share it frequently. You're welcome :)