Phot-O-Type: Fun with Typewriters and Film

Ever since being a kid I loved flea markets and antique stores.

Film strip on a piece of paper waiting to be typed upon.

Film strip on a piece of paper waiting to be typed upon.

I love old stuff. First, it was mainly old books. Later on I fell in love with old tools and machinery, particularly cameras, as you should know if you have been to this blog before.

However, I also own and love a 1936 Wanderer Continental typewriter that I got almost ten years ago. (It’s the one in the banner of this website.) The thing about the stuff I hoard is that I also want to use it. Otherwise it would only be old junk. I have used my typewriter extensively for creating faux historic documents for the German Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game publisher. I also used it for, err, “artistic” purposes, that is in connection with film photography. I have been meaning to write a little how-to about this for ages but never really got around to do so. Recently I discovered that there’s a whole movement of people out there who geek out about typewriters, the Typosphere. That finally made me write that article about what I call “Phot-O-Types” (*g*) and how to create them.

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