Sepia Saturday - Typewriters And Office Clerks
Christinchen Royale 12:17 PM Sepia Saturday
Joining Sepia Saturday's Typewriters : Writing : Words blog hop this week.
Typewriters have always been a part of our extended family. It has been a necessity in my mother's family to learn how to type - and to earn part-time from this skill. All my uncles, aunts and my mother learned to type correctly without glancing at the typewriter keys to check for mistakes and to type fast! (I still wonder how they did it) The typewriter was regarded in the family as an instrument that helped each and everyone of them through college while they worked part-time to support themselves.
It is understandable for the elders in our family to encourage me and my cousins to learn stenography and typing as a valuable skill. And when I attended a typing class, I tried to type words the way my folks do and it sure worked well after much practice. Glad I didn't just get stuck on typing "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog." over and over. Thankfully, we now have the computer keyboard which makes typing words so quick and easy!
This week on Sepia Saturday, I can simply feature my mother when she was working as a clerk/secretary at the Philippine Consulate in Hamburg. She began working there in October 22,1963. The photo below was taken at their office around December that year. I wonder if that is a typewriter on the desk behind them.
Here was my mom and her friend, Charito Delarmente. I still remember her friend, from all her stories as I was growing up, that is why I know her complete name. Last we heard of Ms. Delarmente was in 1988, when she worked back here in the Philippines at the Department Of Foreign Affairs.
Above: Here's my mother's business card which she kept in a scrap book.
Above is an old photo of Alemar's where she used to work during college in the 60s
This old manual office desktop tool was manufactured by the Royal Typewriter Co., Inc. from New York, USA (1939-1959); same brand as the one used by Ernest Hemingway himself. This old Royal Quiet De Luxe is No. A-1344909 black metal manual typewriter with case and key; excellent cosmetic condition on the typewriter with only some scuff marks; works great as well although there is some evidence of oxidation on the interior metal parts; some oil needed to loosen up the keys; “t” key (uppercase and lowercase) consistently locks (need to manually release it); some oil needed to loosen up the typewriter key mechanism although it can currently type; no damages to the glass keys and the bell still works; ink on ribbon is still good (see close up pic of typewritten letters); lots of wear on the exterior of the wooden case; hinges still intact with minimal wear; no problem with the latch and case key; weighs 17 lbs.; typewriter is 10 ¼” x 11 ½” x 5 ½”; cartridge is 12 3/8” in length; case is 13” x 12 ½” x 6 ½”.