a visit to berkeley typewriter

Added on by Janine.

About a month ago, we were in San Francisco for the Evernote conference. We hadn't been to Berkeley before, so we took the train to go explore. There was really only one place on my sight-seeing list: Berkeley Typewriters.

Jesse Banuelos demonstrates some features of an older machine.

Jesse Banuelos demonstrates some features of an older machine.

All of the typewriters have had their share of love—and neglect.

All of the typewriters have had their share of love—and neglect.

The general jumble of the old and very old.

The general jumble of the old and very old.

The owners know what sells, so they paint certain typewriters red!

The owners know what sells, so they paint certain typewriters red!

A Selectric in non-original red paint.

A Selectric in non-original red paint.

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This machine was originally sold by Berkeley typewriters in the 1950s and has made its way home to the shelf once again. This particular typewriter sold to a young woman and her mother; after some debate they had returned to purchase it even though it was priced at over $500.

This machine was originally sold by Berkeley typewriters in the 1950s and has made its way home to the shelf once again. This particular typewriter sold to a young woman and her mother; after some debate they had returned to purchase it even though it was priced at over $500.

Of course, everyone wants to try before they buy!

Of course, everyone wants to try before they buy!

After introducing myself as visiting from Canada (and showing him my business card that depicts my red Royal typewriter) Mr. Banuelos let me take photos of his workspace. 

After introducing myself as visiting from Canada (and showing him my business card that depicts my red Royal typewriter) Mr. Banuelos let me take photos of his workspace. 

In such a place, keeping track of the days going by is perhaps a good thing. One could easily lose track.

In such a place, keeping track of the days going by is perhaps a good thing. One could easily lose track.

With more than four decades of typewriter repair, the organization and systems at Berkeley typewriter are definitely their own.

With more than four decades of typewriter repair, the organization and systems at Berkeley typewriter are definitely their own.

The Royal Quiet Deluxe is always a favourite.

The Royal Quiet Deluxe is always a favourite.

But wait, there's more! A peek into the back room.

But wait, there's more! A peek into the back room.

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Berkeley Typewriter in Berkeley, California. If you're in the neighbourhood, stop in for fresh ribbon.

Berkeley Typewriter in Berkeley, California. If you're in the neighbourhood, stop in for fresh ribbon.