If there is one thing I learned about our time at the Mini-Maker Faire, it is that children LOVE manual typewriters. They are absolutely fascinated with them.
One child asked for an explanation as to what these machines were. I described it "like a computer, but instead of hitting print, the words are put on paper instantly." She was flabbergasted and excitedly jumped to write on one.
The Mini-Maker Faire was a good reminder to us that although there is more of a learning curve with the tiniest of patrons, you can give children the seeds to appreciate older technology. Our youngest letter writer was a wee boy of four and he did better than some of his older friends on these machines.
I apologize for the cellphone pics, but with the constant stream of kids wanting to learn how to type, we didn't really have a chance to bring out our proper cameras. Before the kids rolled in, I was able to get a photo of Donovan with her morning coffee and our army of pigeons as well at the set-up on our new shelving system. Afterward, our booth was pretty much covered with eager letter writers.
I didn't get to take a photo of the lovely sisters who won the raffle typewriter, but we know it went to a good home. These sisters fell instantly in love with typewriters and letter writing; they were a stream of excited questions. It was amazing to see the spark we lit in these mini-letter writers. So, if you have a typewriter hiding away in your attic or at grandma's house, perhaps you should dust it off and see if the mini-maker in your life may take an interest in it.
Thanks for having us Champaign-Urbana!