It’s National Typewriter Day and we’re celebrating the written word! Even though they might not be as popular as our trusty laptop companions, they’re a fun and niche way to exercise your brain 🧠.
Today, many famous writers use typewriters to hone their creative processes, creatives like George R.R. Martin, Quentin Tarantino and Jhumpa Lahiri are all well-known typewriter advocates!
Royal Typewriters, photographed here, were known for their durability, and this portable gray Quiet De Luxe model belonged to professional photographer Frank R. Jackson who co-owned the studio Turner-Jackson Photography at 1934 11th Street in NW D.C.
📸 While his photographs (see second photo of Mary Brooks with the fabulous hair) provided visual documentation of community life in Washington, DC, the typewriter produced a written archive.
Jackson may have used it to run his local business, or to construct crossword puzzles for the Washington Post, a job he held for over 25 years!