Lately, I have taken it into mind to "modernize" and get a typewriter. By good fortune, I was able to find a vintage IBM Selectric in good working order for a very reasonable price. A quick trip to Charlotte and it was mine. I have already written two letters on it. (I say in passing that using a typewriter gives me new appreciation for the skills required to be a typist fifty years ago. Unlike with a modern word processor - or even a more "modern" correcting typewriter - one really can't afford to be sloppy or careless as mistakes are VERY troublesome to correct!)
I was surprised to find that Caroline was just as intrigued by this device as ol' Baba, and likes to climb onto the paternal knee to bang the keys.
Can a record player be in her future? An eight-track? Will she try to learn to drive a three-on-the-column?
With regard to your letter of the 15th inst., I have the honor to acquaint you that...
N.B. Unfortunately, the typewriter appears to have gone down for the count shortly after this photo was taken. My barely-educated guess is that the main drive sprocket fractured. IBM made this from hard plastic, and forty-five years is a long time for a plastic piece to last. It is apparently known by the cognoscente that this is about the only thing that really breaks in a Selectric. Getting it repaired will take some doing, I'm afraid, parts having not been manufactured by IBM for decades and a typewriter repair shop being rather a rara avis these days.