"What did your nine-year-old daughter want for Christmas last year? An American Girl doll? Makeup? An iPhone 7?
"Mine wanted one thing: a typewriter.
"My wife and I scratched our heads over this request, as our daughter persisted with the peculiar wish-list-topper. (She felt that “any real writer” would own one.) Eventually we purchased a circa-1968 Smith-Corona Classic 12 on eBay for $35. None of that fancy 1970s electric stuff. Fully manual. Click-click-click-ding. "After a handy friend tinkered the machine into working condition, we presented it to our daughter. She squealed. She jumped up and down. She hasn’t stopped using it since. Our daughter’s obsession with this seemingly archaic device took us by complete surprise. But not Bryan Kravitz."
Photo at Top: EMMA LAZARUS’ poem was inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Its most moving lines, embracing immigrants, wrap around the poster:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Passersby at Philly Typewriter write thoughts on the red, white and blue Royal 1960 typewriter--the only model with this patriotic palette ever manufactured. Here, Imogene Parker, 6, types for the first time. ________________________________
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