Inside the Mind of Isadora

Reflection on the Past



If you think about it, typing on a computer is remarkable. The device is extraordinary.

Just tap the keys and watch letters instantly appear on the screen right in fromt of you.

Typwriter Corona bk & white S.web

Recently, I was browsing through an antique shop on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
In one of the back rooms, I came across this old Corona typewriter.

My ever-ready camera started doing what it does best. It captured the moment.


I learned how to type in high school. I had very little interest in learning how to type. I was going to be a professional dancer. I didn’t need to know how to type. But, I needed some credits. I thought it would be an easy class.

We used a newer version than this one pictured above. It wasn’t an electric typewriter. The electric typewriter came out much later. My first experience with an electric typewriter was during my first office job.


There wasn’t a date on the typewriter. The antique dealer thought it might have been made between 1918 – 1923. He said there were several similar models made during this time period when LC Smith and Corona were merging.
The condition wasn’t very good. There wasn’t an ink ribbon for it. But, I imagine anything can be found on the internet; especially, for those who love to restore collectables.

Gazing at the typewriter, I began to reflect on how far things have come. We went from a machine that was primarily used for the business world to a computer that’s a part of everyones daily lives.

I wonder how many children would know what this typewriter is.

Do you think they’d call it an old computer?
2016©Isadora DeLaVega


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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

29 thoughts on “Reflection on the Past

  1. I’m finally here, Isadora!! A great response to the theme!
    I remember the first typewriter I used – the ink ribbon was bone dry across the top,so only part of the letters appeared, unless capitals were used, and then most of those characters were there. Es and Ds and Bs and As for that matter had great blotches where the circles should have been, and some of the letters used to go straight through the paper. It was a fun little thing, and my typing skills were non-existent – one finger typing. At least I’ve moved up to two fingers now, and I know where the keys are at long last – although I still catch adjacent keys every now and again (every time, but don’t say!)

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    • Hola, Tom,
      I’m super pleased you made it. How was the journey? I’m sure it’s been about the same as mine. HECTIC …!!!
      No problema … your comment is fabulous. I laughed when I read about the letter going right through the paper.
      I can’t tell you how many term papers I had to do over. The best part is that I don’t have to do that again. Thanks for the memory. 😁
      I enjoyed this reflection and glad you did too. Thanks …
      Isadora 😎


  2. It is funny watching the reactions of kids to some of the things we grew up with…and seeing whether they know what these devices are.

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    • I agree. Eyes open wide when I show one of my grandchildren things from years ago.
      I think the big phones (like rotary and wall phones) will be joined by the big computers of just a few years ago.
      WOW … progress, how far will it be going? And …. will we be alive to see it?
      Hey Jo, it’s nice to see you here. Thanks for popping in and leaving your interesting comment. Hope all and you are well.
      Izzy 😎


  3. Great post, Izzy! I remember typing my first poem on my mom’s 150-pound (not really, but really!) Royal typewriter. It was gray and I had to pound the keys to make them strike the paper. Typing anything without a mistake was quite satisfying…and rare! No backspace key on those models!

    And when we die, so will the ritual of eating a cob of corn “like a typewriter”–one row all the way across, then “ding!” return, turn, return and start a new row. It’s a silly thing, but an endangered silliness. 🙂

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    • 😆 Sounds like my experience with those hard to press keys. I have small hands and found it difficult to keep up with the pounding.
      Then, the electric typewriter was too fast. I’d tap and off it would go like a race horse. LOL
      I’m glad I learned to use a typewriter. It helps type posts more quickly … when I have time to write. HAHA
      I was laughing at your mention of corn on the cob. I was remembering a cartoon I’d seen years ago. Too FUNNY … !!!!
      I’m glad this pots brought memories. Perhaps, one day, we’ll be remembering these guys below … 😎

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      • Remember when the electric typewriters came out with the correction tape? That was slick! I learned very quickly how to type backwards!!!

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        • Actually, I was a domestic engineer by the time the electric typewriter was brought into my office job.
          My days were filled with a huge pregnant stomach. Then, a child and diapers. I skipped from a manual to a computer.
          In just the blink of an eye – like a 20 year blink. LOL
          I must say …. typing backwards??? I hesitate to ask what other things you can do in such creative manners. 😳
          Have a fab day ….
          Izzy 😎


  4. Haha! I learned to type on an old manual typewriter as well (in High School). It was long before computers came out. This post brought back a lot of memories!

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  5. I came across a few in my time, but my typing started purely on the computer keyboard. Before that it was always handwriting which I barely remember these days.

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  6. Beautiful antique piece………….

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  7. I learnt on something similar, it hurt your fingers if you missed the keys!

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  8. Typing was the best class I was required to take in high school, as the keyboarding skills carried over from manual typewriter to electric to a computer keyboard. That’s partly why I find typing on a phone so frustrating. Besides being small, you can’t use all your fingers that way you can on a keyboard. Both our girls know what an typewriter is, BTW. 🙂


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  9. I learned how to type on an electric in high school but only had a manual at home. Interesting to look back now. Only when I was trying to prepare things for submission did I bother with the whiteout to remove my mistakes. The rest of the time it was backspace and the X key.


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    • WOW … I forgot about white out. I used to be worried about running out. Thanks for the reminder, Tim K.
      It was difficult for me to transition to an electirc typewriter. It was so fast. I guess it’s the reason why I was
      shocked when I saw this old one. Antique shops can touch memories we really never think about.
      Hey, thanks for stopping by and leaving your interesting comment. I appreciate it.
      Isadora 😎


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