9 Collections ~ Part Five

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

The self-guided Collections Tour, where local residents open their homes to share their collections, is a popular event at the festival. Some collections are huge and multi-faceted while others are small and specific. Some are vintage objects, some are a little eccentric and some are just for fun. We’re still at Jean’s place today.

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Who remembers using one of these?

I do, and the memory is not a happy one. In my final year of high school my mother decided I should learn to type before I went to University, so I enrolled in a typing class at the local TAFE. I wasn’t particularly motivated, the teacher was an old dragon and I didn’t pass the course. “Learn to Type” is the only course I have ever failed.

Many years later, when we bought our first computer for our daughters, I decided I would have another go. A typing tutor for children was one of the free programs with our Apple Mac. Surely I could manage a children’s class. It wasn’t long before I was typing like a master, and I’ve never looked back!

I wouldn’t like to use one of these old dinosaurs though.

24 thoughts on “9 Collections ~ Part Five

  1. My ‘Royal’ was 30 yrs older with dark green white lettered keys and had to really pound on the keys to type ⌨ Any more my ‘ℙ𝕚𝕔𝕜 & ℙ𝕖𝕔𝕜’ typing on the ‘Hewlett Packard’ key boards, if my finger gets close to a key it types it ❗️ 😉 ~Willy

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  2. Oh happy memories for me. I also did a typing and shorthand course before leaving school. I actually enjoyed both. My Mum was a secretary and had a similar type writer at home that I could practice on. I’m now thinking of the sound of typing, the arm to move to a new row, the use of carbon paper. Thanks for the memories 🙂

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  3. I took typing in high school and definitely remember this typewriter. I probably shouldn’t mention that I won every typing award. Today, I do much better on a laptop with a keyboard than my phone and my thumbs. 🙂 However, when I was pursuing college courses at a local community college, I had to take a PE class. I took bowling. How hard could bowling be? It was my only B in college courses right through to my BA. 🙂

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    • I’m very glad that someone was a high achiever at typing skills. 🙂 Isn’t it funny how we sometimes choose what we think will be the easier option only to find out it’s not at all. I had to learn to play the guitar as part of my teacher training and that was not easy.

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  4. I never learned to type but used to do two finger typing on a typewriter my parents gave me in my teens. I remember how even at my slow speeds two letters would suddenly hit each other and jam 😡 And do you remember how fiddly it was to correct mistakes, with correcting fluid?!

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  5. My dad gave me a really old Royal typewriter to learn on when I was still quite young, and got me a Learn To Type book. He had brought it home from work, it was black, much bigger than this, with the striking keys visible at the front and the two ribbon spools on top, and it was very heavy – I think it maybe dated from the 1930s or 40s. He used it himself until he got a much smaller and neater portable one in a case, which he allowed me to use occasionally as I got older, then many years later that one was passed to me when arthritis in his fingers meant he could no longer use it. I never really could get the hang of typing properly – my little fingers just couldn’t hit the keys properly. I’m much better with a modern keyboard and in spite of only using two fingers I can type pretty rapidly now.

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  6. Oh happy days – that typewriter brings back good memories for me I’m happy to say. IN my final year at secondary school I had a few free periods a week and I, and some other girls in the same position, asked if we could use the time to learn to type. I took to it like a duck to water, doing very well in the exam we took at the end of the year, and found it the most useful skill out of all the subjects I took. The ones I learned on were even older than this one – this one was positively modern!

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  7. I was scared to death to take typing in high school. I didn’t want to ruin my grades. I took a class in college and did fine, but was never super proficient. The person who can compute and type like super woman is Cee. Something like 200 WPM. I forget the exact number.

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