Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tempus Fugit

Cherokee Typewriter Repair used to be in this building.
Don't think I don't hear all you young whippersnappers out there muttering,"huh? what's a typewriter?"
Well, the typewriter has gone the way of the public pay phone - you just don't find too many around. Hence the closing of Cherokee Typewriter Repair.
It's a shame, too. The gentleman who owned the business had a little museum of office automation in there, from manual typewriters to clunky adding machines from many decades ago. He retired a few years ago, and the building has not been occupied since. It's a forlorn little scene that reminds me that time flies. It's OK, though. I sure wouldn't trade my Mac for a typewriter!

p.s. I promise Knoxville still has people roaming around, and I'll show you some of them if I can ever get my new set of shots downloaded.

11 comments:

Hope said...

I know this place...it is sad how this it is all but forgotten. Your words are a very nice tribute to the man who ran this business for so many years. At one time, I'm sure, his business was booming! Trust me, I do remember typewriters....and I'm not talking about the electric ones, either.

Tanya said...

Oh how sad this picture seems to me. I love old typewriters. I took a typing class back in Jr. High, not keyboard like the kids now, but typing! Technology is great but how I miss some of the "old timey" ways!

Leedra said...

I don't miss my typewriter, because I had to push so hard on it to get it to type. Think that is why Mama was able to buy it so cheaply.

I think your blog shows your real love in photography is structures of all kinds. You don't need to apologize for what you want to post. You inspire me to be better at photographing structures.

Don't think I have ever said this. I also am not orginally from East Tennessee. I am a Georgia girl, but I have now been here 37 years.

Strangetastes said...

Well, that's the arc of technology since the start of the Industrial Revolution. The first law office I worked in had IBM Selectric typewriters and a thermal copying machine, state of the art. There are few to no hat blockers, typesetters or elevator operators any more. Your picture has a sad, nostalgic feeling, just another reminder that we are all getting older.

Virginia said...

After reading S.T.'s I need an anti depressant! Not to worry, we have a hat blocker right here in good ole B'ham, that should cheer everyone up a little. My mother was a secretary all her life and boy do I remember typewriters. The letters over the doorway here remind me of what your text looked like when you went too fast and the letters got all stuck together. Inky fingers!

Benjamin Madison said...

Well, youngsters may not remember typewriters but most of them (and us too) spend a lot of time in front of qwerty keyboards that are pretty much unchanged since they graced those old Remingtons and Underwoods. This is a nice understated photo - it's fitting that the letters in the sign for a typewriter repair place that is no longer in business are deteriorating.

Glad to hear there are still some people in Knoxville. How are the grackles?

Jim said...

I remembering taking typewriting in high school. To think we got credit for learning how to type. Now kids learn that when they get their first play PC.

Knoxville Girl said...

Thank you all for your comments. I took typing for credit in high school too! On a Selectric - cutting edge of modern then. ahem.
Ben, the grackles have moved on for the most part, so it's safe to walk under the trees again.

babooshka said...

I hate typewriters. It was the ribbons. Yucky ink changes. Sad though to such a individual place closing. Definitely a sign of the times. Here it was the local amera shop. Although it used to print from digital, they mainly sold film, of which the demand has fallen. It's now the local comper shop. Another sign of the times. Excellent title.

babooshka said...

I really should check my typos!

Dusty Lens said...

our office just had the old typewriter repaired last week. Funny thing, I took typing in H.S....mandatory. and I now do the four finger plunk on theis infernal PC keayboard.