Erasing Memories
Erasing Memories
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 2 comments

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For all you kids out there, as per my previous blog, the typewriter could well be making a comeback — that’s  t-y-p-e-w-r-i-t-e-r. Way back in the last century, people used to use these big, clunky metal things to, um, type. You didn’t need electricity, or a battery, a stable cellular or wi-fi connection or download it from the app store. You just needed an ink ribbon and some paper, and you could write words… well… legibly.

 

And if you are really old and made a mistake, you had a typewriter eraser – and if you don’t know what those are, here in Seattle, there’s the giant Typewriter Eraser, Scale X sculpture, that comes from the pop generation of art,  created by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen  Its located at the Olympic Sculpture Park, and the 19-foot-tall popular art installation is made of stainless steel, fiberglass, and painted with acrylic urethane.

 

I once overheard a young girl (I’m guessing aged around 10 or 11) seeing it in the park, and asking her grandparents, “What’s that?” “Oh, that’s a typewriter eraser,” came the reassuring reply. “Back before Wite-Out or eraser ribbons, this was how you corrected mistakes. The bottom wheel end is the eraser, and you uses the top end to brush the crumbs off the paper in your typewriter.”

 

The next question from the kid was, in retrospect, inevitable.  “What’s a typewriter?”

 

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