What is it about this typewriter? It isn’t at all anything special. It isn’t unique – there were millions of these little Brothers, with a variety of names, made. It doesn’t even type particularly nicely. An Olympia SF beats it hands down. Then, when I have better, German, American typewriters, why would I use this? That is a question that I cannot answer.
I could not part with this typewriter. Even if I replaced it with the exact same model I couldn’t do it. My Lemair Deluxe 220 is practically the same mechanism, but I don’t use it all. The Brother 215 is the typewriter that I take places. Originally I told myself that it was because I didn’t care what happened to it. That, though, is no longer the reason. It’s because we’re inseparable.
Why was this typewriter the wall paper on my phone for quite some time? That is, until Robert Messenger kindly gave me the Clifford’s Good Companion Model T (see here:http://oztypewriter.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/one-last-typewriter-column-why-i-love.html). Why do I think that this is the typewriter, when it most clearly, in most other people’s minds, isn’t?
The Brother 215 appeals to me because it just types. Nothing ever goes wrong it it, it always reverses the ribbon, it always types fairly well, and it will always be ready the night before an assignment is due to bash out an all in one draft/final copy. This is the machine that I let people use. Only certain people get to go near the Valentine and the cursive Lettera 32 (another kind gift of Robert’s).
So, still, why? Just why? I can’t tell you. That’s an anti-climax for your isn’t it? If you must have something to satisfy you: it’s because I’m attached to it. This is the machine that I wrote my first high school newspaper column on. It is the typewriter that I wrote my first interview with a local government minister on (also for The Student’s Standard).
It’s obvious why writers get attached to their machines. While I make absolutely no claims to be a ‘writer’, I, too, am also attached to one machine. And this 215 is it.
POSTCRIPT TO TYPECAST: Of course I rarely use the now non-functioning Brother portable. It doesn’t work. I’m sorry to have displayed my ignorance so bluntly there.