Random drawing for prizes: Typewriter buttons!

The buttons were designed by the talented Christina Siravo and are even more gorgeous in person. If you’re the winner, be sure to thank Speculator for supplying the prize!


  1. Winning just one of the beautiful buttons featured here would be an honor second only to owning one of the actual machines.


  2. Oh lord those are gorgeous. I need to pull my babies out of the mothballs and go sit in a park and type…I gotta chase down some ribbons though. *shakes fist at sky*

    Memorial Day weekend was the pits, btw. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Oooh typewriter flair. Fantastic. Much easier to store and flaunt than my actual typewriters…

  4. I would love to have that typewriter swag.

    Great blog!

  5. i want those typewriter buttons! xo.

  6. Memorial Day is an annual trek up to my in-laws with kids in tow, to play by the lake, swim, fish and eat grilled goodies.

    This year was no exception. And something special for the kids, they get to go up again this weekend sans parents as we are going out of town for a wedding! Those lucky little devils:)

  7. Is it wrong that I was trying to identify the typewriters?

    Is it more wrong that I can?

  8. Oooooooh, nice buttons!

    I sat down and typed up something yesterday after a long hiatus, but now I’m not really certain about posting it to my blog. Yes, it was an exercise in typing; no, the rest of the world may not want to read it.

    But it’s nice to have a good machine (or three) to type on, anyway. Thanks, Strike, for reminding us of this.


  9. Lucas E. Martin

    Those buttons would make me very, very happy. Typewriters are notoriously hard to find intact around here.

  10. One of the attractive points of a manual typewriter, is that the user observes the mechanical goings-on and can usually flip it over to get an idea as to how the keys and carriage work together.

    LCDs, as beautiful as the physics behind them are, can’t teach the user how they work. The laptop itself is a tightly latched black box.

    Oh…and I like the stationary.

  11. The artist who makes these buttons also makes typewriter postcards and t-shirts.
    The SM9 button was modelled after mine!

    (oops- Strikethru- don’t enter me in the drawing!)

  12. These are fantastic! (As is your blog, which I’ve only recently discovered.)

  13. wb

    Those buttons would be the perfect complement to my typewriter tie.

  14. LBW

    Do I spy an Olivetta button? I just became the proud owner of an Olivetta Lettera 32 and discovered your fab blog — the obsession has begun! I’d love to own some gorgeous typewriter flair, too.

  15. must… have… button…

  16. Oo nice! I apologize for the work you’ve had to do. I’d rub it in your face with the fact that I’m a jobless college student, but (1) that would be rude, and (2) staying home with my mother is worse than a full time job anyway. But the work, that must suck.

    I can also sympathize wtih the computer use, as I’ve spent the last three weeks staring into one for at least 12 hours a day. Why yes, I have nothing better to do. And yes, it’s completely fried my brain. D:

  17. I am sorry you had to spend your holiday weekend working. I was in Washington D.C. at the National Postal Museum, enjoying the Pens & the Post event. No typewriters, but lots of fountain pens, which are pretty cool.

    Lovely, lovely buttons. I don’t own a typewriter but I know people who do, and it is always a thrill to get a letter from them.

  18. Awesome blog – this is the first time I’ve read it and I really like what you’re doing! It’s inspiring to find people with a love for the old stuff, but also it’s nice to find that I’m not the only one with a love for typewriters. Cool! I just found an Olympia deLuxe at a garage sale and it is inked up and ready to go! I think I’ll finally finish my thesis this way, instead of staring blankly into a bright box that sucks the energy out of everything. Thanks for your blog! I’ve added it to my reader and I’m looking forward to what you’ll be posting in the future! (oh, and the flair is awesome, too!)

  19. Useless comment just for the sake of possibly winning a button.

  20. Yay for another giveaway!

    And for buttons! I have way too many messenger bags that don’t have their traditional 30 pounds of button paraphernalia ๐Ÿ™‚

    *crosses fingers

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  22. I really have to wonder what is with this persistent posting of random Chinese blog spam on my site, every week. I can make no sense of it. An English web site about defunct writing technology seems like a non-lucrative target, at best.

  23. I keep losing my buttons, lost on the street in unknown places, pried off accidentally probably by myself. I need some new ones.

    On a typewriter note, I took mine to the park the other day and it was one of the most glorious things I’ve ever experienced.

  24. @ Strikethru: ‘I really have to wonder what is with this persistent posting of random Chinese blog spam on my site, every week. I can make no sense of it. An English web site about defunct writing technology seems like a non-lucrative target, at best.”

    I get the same kind of spam sent to my grandson The Linewriter’s blog, which I filter and delete. It’s some sort of sub-porno internet marketing. Just enough seediness to remind a person why we love typewriters so much; the last time I had Spam thrown at my typewriter, it left a grease mark on the platen, that was about it.

    Semi-random button-pin thoughts:
    1) I have a large, gold button, with a graphic of the bow-on view of an aircraft carrier, emblazoned with the phrase “Connie is my girl”. At the time we were given these buttons, back in the late 1970s, our fellow crew-members of the USS Constellation didn’t really appreciate the subtle humor of the statement, but age has mellowed my opinion.

    2) I have another button, much smaller, with a simple graphic logo of an airplane, and the phrase “suspected terrorist”. I wore it (mistakenly) clipped to my backpack, when traveling by air several months ago. Security screening failed to notice, or respond, to the idle threat. Perhaps there still is some hope.


    Word Ver: “Fingen”. I’m tired of fingen this darned netbook’s mousepad.

  25. Thanks for the plug! ๐Ÿ™‚ great blog! ๐Ÿ™‚
    “Bluebirdie’s Bootique”

  26. Joe

    Is that a rare 5-row Galaxie with the replaceable “heart” key in the lower right hand?

    Neat buttons; even though an electric is mixed in there. I think collecting these buttons is a better idea than collecting the actual machines; I just realized that I probably have close to a half ton of typing machinery lying around my house, shop, and empty corners of loved ones’ houses. And sadly it’s dwarfed by the rest of my tools and machines I keep around.

    If anyone out there is just starting collecting: figure out how many you can reasonably use, and try to keep from doubling it.

  27. Entrenched as I am in work, I emerge blinking to toss my hat into the ring.

  28. They do look swell…

  29. I love typewriters and typewriter buttons!

  30. OldFashionedGirl

    Yes, yes! Can I have one?

    Oh, you’re not actually giving away real typewriters. Pooh.

  31. I’m waiting for the portable typewriter forum to help me out with the Olivetti I just bought. It’s missing the top that covers the keys, so I’m not sure which model it is. I think it’s a French keyboard though. The z key replaces w on the standard layout and the m key is next to the L key. And there are accented characters (with no @ sign). Very strange but it types nicely. Thought about sneaking it home, but decided to come clean ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. Pick me I just found a beautiful old type writer in this old 40’s house’s basement its so beautiful and in top condition…Ive turned into a typing maniac!