Mr. P. White



On the hunt around charity shops for old postcards to inform my visual practice, I happened upon a typewriter in Oxford yesterday.  Whilst chatting to the sales assistant I discovered the former owner of this Olympia Traveller de Luxe model had been a writer and had also donated a typewriting instruction book, several typewriter ribbons and two boxes of correction papers.

Gregg Applied Typing (1965) provides instructions and practice exercises to master the art of typing a postcard ready for despatch.  

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Mr P. White’s name is still visible on the typewriter case lid and the used correction papers allude to the places he has visited and the stories he has written.  I’m not sure yet if Mr. P White will connect to a person or place within this project in some way or if he is the start of a new project !

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One comment

  1. As you say, not the prettiest of typewriters, but we have this model (amongst others) at work, Olympias’ are very good, solid machines. How interesting that a purchase for this project can lead to such a fascinating, visual story – and potentially become the start of something new. Have you Googled Mr P White – writer – to see if anything comes up – although it’s a shame it’s a relatively common name. The typing book is a gem, perhaps we should use the postcard guide when typing our own?!


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