Monday, December 10, 2012

Typewriter spotting in Hong Kong (more)

I decided to go on a mini adventure this weekend by seeing if I could find a typewriter I saw in a googled photograph in Hong Kong. My first effort was hopeless. The only info I had was he was an accountant in Yau Ma Tei on the Kowloon side. Here's the link to the photo:
I eventually emailed the owner who told me I would find him at the jade market and so he was, in fact a line of accountants with typewriters working from stalls. It was pretty cool. They were very aged and weathered machines. Most just sat openly but covered. A couple of Olympias, an unusable Underwood, and the big one the elder was using was a Facit. I asked if he minded if I took a photo of his typer which he didn't. I was then going to ask if he was willing to type a letter for me for the typosphere so i could typecast it but as you may see in the photo he was preoccupied looking for something that he seemed to have misplaced. He was working on a tax form that was sheeted on the platen so I decided not to bother him anymore.


  1. How cool! These are evidently some hardworking machines.

  2. I really love these photos. And I love the flurry of activity longevity of them.

    Having fun at the jade market? That place has always been a bit of a charismatic shambles.

  3. Great photos. Those work horse machines look very well used and the lone machine on its table looks like it is still awaiting more use.

  4. Loving the photos. That place is like a moment in times past captured, and yet it is here in the present.