Click-clack, sofa-bed, sofa-bed – DING!
This onomatopoeic sound could easily serve as an anthem for TypOsphere StL, a glorious new attraction on Cherokee Street devoted to vintage typewriters.
Last month, LA owner / owner and artist (Louise Anne) Marler opened TypOsphere StL, described on her website as a “gallery of antiques and contemporary pop-up typewriter art.”
It should be noted that Marler had a fall as swift as the silver-and-black element whirlwind of an IBM Selectric 3. On October 1, just over a week before the Cherokee Street effort debuted. , “Digital Americana”, a solo exhibition of his work, launched at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University, Marler’s alma mater, in Cape Girardeau. This exhibition runs until November 14.
Once banned from the trash cans and tables of thrift stores, typewriters have recently seen a resurgence in popularity (at the turntable) for both aesthetic and utilitarian reasons. The size of the TypOsphere StL collection is proof of this.
âWe have 75 exhibited in the Cherokee Street gallery, including one donated by [Ã¼ber-actor and typewriter aficionado] Tom Hanks, and over 30 others in the work basement who need a lot of attention, âsays Marler. âFour typewriters are in the current exhibit at the Crisp Museum in Cape Girardeau.â
From the TypOsphere StL collection, Marler cites as the rarest machine a Blickensderfer No.5 dating from 1893 to 1896, which was made in Connecticut until 1896 to compete with more expensive typewriters from other companies.