The ‘making-modern-vintage-from-your-heirlooms’ Project

This Easter, I have set myself a very exiting project (if I do say so myself).

My grandma used to be a bank manager’s assistant and had a typewriter for all her writing, she was probably very impressed with it. When she passed away, the much younger budding writer that I was (mainly I just collected pretty notebooks), I was given this said typewriter. I used to get it out of its case every so often just to touch the keys and smell how vintage it was, that’s probably a bit of rust most likely. Also, when I say touch the keys, I mean thrash them. It must have been more efficient in its early days but it gives me bruises after attempting to write just one, lone sentence.

Basically, I’ve been unable to do much with it. I’ve done very little with it other than look at it lovingly. I wish I had even just found some space for it and it could have at least been a lovely vintage prop. But I never did that, it sat under the bed in the spare room for my school years until I would affectionately remember it again.

This sad story is soon to be no more! There is part of me that has a fondness of old things like typewriters and when scrawling through pictures of restored vintage ones, I stumbled across a certain website. It is called and it sells conversion kits for updating your typewriter to your more modern device (computer or iPad for example).

So, my project for this Easter break – besides my dissertation – is this!

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With the necessary technical help of my boyfriend, this is what I am going to do for my vintage typewriter. When I say help, I mostly mean he is going to be doing all the work because largely it involves soldering and wires which I have no idea about. Sorry to live up to a female stereotype. Anyway, I am going to do my loving bit in restoring and creating a new life for my Grandma’s old typewriter by combining it with my iPad.

Sure, it will be sort of obscure and superfluous but I think it’s going to look pretty cool. Its old meets new; its my own personal piece of modern vintage. I just need to find a decent space for this extremely cool iPad stand.

And I hope my Grandma approves.


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