Type (faux wet plate collodion)


Fake ambrotype typewriter bits… just for grins. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Elvin: “It’s 2012 Winston. Typing is not a special skill.”

– Blake Garrett Rosenthal – New Girl

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 600D) heavily modified to replicate wet plate collodion


65 thoughts on “Type (faux wet plate collodion)

    • Thank you so much, S.E… I sincerely appreciate that! 🙂
      Ugh… things look a bit different on my end, too (there’s a scroll down arrow by all the avatars of the people who click on ‘like’. Also, I’ve noticed on some blogs those avitars seem to overlap the ‘like’ button and I often have a difficult time getting to it, too. Hmm… I think I liked the old set-up better…

    • Thank you so much, Dishy! I really like doing these, because they’re always different, and I never really know what to expect (although I still have lots of room to ‘tweek’ the serendipity). The best of both worlds, I think.

  1. There is a scene in the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower where the main character receives an old typewriter as a gift. I can’t help but be reminded of this from your photo. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should. It just came out on dvd.

    Love this!

    • Thanks for the tip, Nancy – I’ll have to see if I can find it! After a quick ‘Googling’ it looks vaguely familiar to me for some reason… I wonder if I’ve seen a preview somewhere… hmm…

  2. Oh, this is cool, antique feel to it, Robert. Once upon time, I owned a typewriter and I knew how to use it. Boy, I feel old. Those were the days…liquid paper, and getting the paper in straight. I’m glad that’s done. It is nice to reminisce though.

    • Thank you very much, B.F! Definitely not as convenient, were they (particularly for editing)?! This is Anna’s – very, very old (if we could find a ribbon for it I’d be kind of nervous to use it – although it is built like a tank). Too bad, in a way, because although I’d hate to use one for too long every now and then I’d like to have some ‘type’ for a project (I really like how each letter is just a bit different… a hint of the creator in that, and much ‘warmer’, I think).

  3. you just brought to mind memories of my Grade 9 typing class. good old Mrs Laurie was very cool, and had us type to songs like ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’ and ‘Sweet Caroline’ etc to get us typing in a steady rhythm rather than the conventional boring ones. They were on 45 discs and she put them on a record player, the kind with a needle… yikes i am dating myself.
    but this is not about typing class, this is about your image. very cool it is. even though now i am humming Neil Diamond tunes…. 🙂

    • That sounds much more entertaining then my typing classes, P&K! We had some pretty… ‘standard-ish’ stuff. And I usually stared at it all for quite some time, too, because I was painfully slow!

    • This one is Annabelle’s (it’s very, very old). My mother has a newer older typewriter somewhere, too. That one is in need of giving a finger pinching – might have to do some serious searching to find a replacement ribbon somewhere, first, though!

  4. You have been busy since I was gone 🙂
    But what treats you have added, I really
    like this one, I used to have an old version
    and boy was that heavy 😦 lol

    Enjoy your Hump Day SIG 🙂

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