Well, yeah, its that kind of quirky museum you love — one topic, so you know the kind of history you’re going to get.
And this particular subtopic? Just right square in the middle of the road — that is, up my alley!
QWERTY: A Typewriter Retrospective
October 8, 2009– March 20, 2010 Typewriters inhabit a special place in the American psyche. No longer in widespread use, typewriters have been outsourced by the desktop computer, although they maintain a special air of nostalgia. Americans remember their junior high typing class, while many of today’s youngsters have never set eyes on such a machine. Tucked away in closets and in office corners, many typewriters are still occasionally put to good use. In addition to being beautiful specimens of design, who can forget the characteristic music of taps and bells created by a manual typewriter? From the collection of the Museum of Printing History.
More details on the Museum:
The Museum of Printing History
1324 W. Clay Street
Houston, Texas 77019
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday
Free admission for self-guided tours
Thank you for bringing to my attention of the QWERTY exhibit at the Museum of Printing History.
There is a remarkable collective experience that we have towards typing and a strong nostalgia for the typewriter, as a physical and emotional symbol of writing.
I am a collector of 19th century typewriters (1880s & 1890s) and have been enthralled with them for twenty years. There was an incredible variety of ingeniously designed typewriters from the latter part of the 19th century, with over 300 models coming forth from many industrialized countries.
Please visit my website to see some of these extraordinary machines.