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Three Potato Four Vintage Typewriter

Vintage Geek: Get Your Own Vintage Typewriter

Ever since I spotlighted Atonement's real star, I've been thinking about how amazing a vintage typewriter would look among my decor. I've always been in love with old typewriters and now as a gadget writer, I feel like it's a symbolic and romantic amalgamation of where I am now. So when I spied these gorgeous vintage and fully restored Royal typewriters on Three Potato Four's website, I almost drooled onto my very modern MacBook Pro.

Romance comes at a price, though — about $500. Yikes! Of course, they're beautiful (those colors!), fully functional, and come with their original hard carrying cases, so you wouldn't just have something to look at, you'd have an original vehicle on which to write some very special letters. I'm not sure what the cost would be to restore an eBay find and have it cleaned by a professional, but I can't imagine that'd be cheap either. For now, I'll settle for gazing at these beauties online.


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cdelaney cdelaney 7 years
I love everything about vintage typewriters, from the sound, the feel of the keys, the font, and everything in between. They are timeless. When I was younger, I used to mess around with my grandfather's college typewriter and write short stories, poems, and haikus. How I miss it so. I must have one for myself!
gabichou26 gabichou26 7 years
TEAL. Not teak.
gabichou26 gabichou26 7 years
I think the fact that I'm here again shows my obsession. I finally got one from the '60s off Ebay. It's a kind of teak color, functioning with a (kinda dry) ribbon and with the original case. The case is ridiculously dirty, but the typewriter itself is great. Best of all? I got it for about 40 bucks.
gabichou26 gabichou26 8 years
Ohh... I would love a typewriter. But yeah, $500 is a bit pricey indeed. I think I'm gonna look for some cheaper (but not as cool) ones. Mm...
rosey rosey 8 years
I love old typewriters--they're so fab. I've wanted one forever and these are just to die cute.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 8 years
We used to own one of these vintage machines when I was about 5 or 6, and then we had to get rid of it. We replaced it with a computer :D
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
oh THANKS Geek - another thing for me to obsess over buying!!! Now i feel like i need one, too... i'd use it all the time to address envelopes and to write letters to people.
Kaori Kaori 8 years
So romantic. Me. Want. Now. TwT;;
Tech Tech 8 years
Ack, Buzz! Why must that be the perfect shade of blue?! Want.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Ooh, lovely! I have a vintage one too, but I haven't figured out a good way to display it since moving into my current apartment (almost two years ago -- yikes). At the risk of revealing my old-typewriter fetish to the world, I must direct all you typewriter-lovers to this picture. How gorgeous is that? I wish it were mine.
EllaDee EllaDee 8 years
These are so beautiful. A dream for me for now, too.
enSue enSue 8 years
I have a few vintage typewriters that were my mother's. One is manual, one is automatic (I think), and one is electric. All three are from different decades/eras and all three still work. My mother was a typist in her younger years and held a side-job as a SAHM typing reports and theses for college students. She was a great typist -- fast and accurate.
guinnevere guinnevere 8 years
if you have a good flea market near you, check it out! i score tons of "expensive" "vintage" items at canton (texas) first monday trades days, sometimes for ridiculous prices... if you go on the last day, you get the best deals because vendors dont want to pack up all their things and lug them home, they'd rather get rid of them.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
We have six typewriters in my parents' house! And we use them quite a bit!
kitkatherine kitkatherine 8 years
the are pretty and as much as i love them. i had a green one with a carrying case like that that i got in my house by searching my parents basement when i broke that one, my good friend from high school went around on garbage day and found three typewriters, ALL working (he had to make some of them work but he said he did it in a few minutes) and i got to take my pick!
wingedkiare wingedkiare 8 years
I have a vintage typewriter (it's from the same series of Royal Portables), but it's in a pinkish cream color. I need to get it restored - but it's shocking how much people charge. Hopefully, it won't be too much. It's in pretty good condition, considering.
nancita nancita 8 years
The colors are to die for! If you really preferred to do your writing on a typerwriter, I think it'd be worth the money.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
That's pretty cool.
karebear25 karebear25 8 years
Too cool. Good idea.
designergirl designergirl 8 years
I'm in love with the Olivetti Valentine typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass. Unfortunately, I also just have to settle for dreaming about it for now.
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