Thank you, typewriter artist Louise Marler, for the private tour of your studio on our recent visit to California. The pop art/photography artist works in a cluster of art studios at the Santa Monica Airport.
The daughter of the leading regional typewriter retailer in the Midwest, she disappointed her father by declining to take over the business. But her fascination with the machines survived and she uses them iconographically in much of her work. Here Louise shows a work that keyed off of Orson Well’s typewriter, from Steve Soboroff’s collection of “typewriter’s of famous people”. Later this year, we will be hanging Louise’s work at Philly Typewriter in Mt Airy, and in the window of our South Street outpost in Center City, Philadelphia.
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. ________________________________
Founded in 1975, we buy, sell and repair these wonderful old machines