Middleagedad recently had a hankering for an Olivetti Valentine typewriter. He first saw one in an art installation at the London art Frieze fair last year, where the letter keys had all been replaced with just F,U,C and K., but they keep popping up in pictures and magazines (Jamie Cullum writes his song lyrics on one according to The Guardian and Paul Auster writes on one). So he researched and ended up buying two (slightly by mistake, he's a novice bidder) on eBay.
Since they arrived, they have sat on the kitchen table looking very stylish, they are a lovely orangey-red, with paper in each one ready for action and two very surprising things happened. Firstly, teenagesons constantly write little ditties (mostly rude but some are very funny) as they move through the kitchen, they just can't resist tapping away on the keys. Consequently we have sheets of weirdly linked typing that is a snapshot of a mildly dysfunctional family day/weekend. Which is rather nice.
Secondly, we've all gone madly nostalgic for the typing font, how it looks -all irregular inky letters on the clean white paper, it seems textural and interesting compared to the perfect, precision print that we've got used to.
Weirdly, there is no number one, and the capital i doesn't look like a one, so why is that? Anyone know?