The Curious Tale of the Typewriter Bone munk March 30, 2011 From the Desk of Reverend Munk 11 Comments Full package of Eaton's Corrasable 16lb. 25% Cotton Typing Bond and a Kanji stamp pad set. First typecast on actual vintage typing paper! Cherry popped by Nick Charles, the Empire Aristocrat. Oooooh, lookit that awesome watermark! :D
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The Typewriter Bone. That’s a good way of putting it. The Bone keeps telling me there’s a Hermes floating around, but I think it’s getting interference from Craigslist. The typing paper is a good find, though, as is the Kanji stamp. A little time spent with Google Translate and perhaps you can bang up some witty slogans for homemade letterhead.
My typewriter bone is broken. :(
My Bone has often steered me wrong, yet I listen to it every time.
Eaton? Berkshire? All sounds very local, very English. Especially if your Aristocrat is a UK model? I hope you wore tweed for your typecast!
The funny part is that I’d grabbed the Aristocrat out of the display case at work just before heading to the Goodwill – yes it’s the UK model, so finding typing paper named “Eaton Berkshire” was practically synchronicity. (effect without a cause, scientific pause…)
My quick research on the Eaton Corrasable Bond indicates that it was a hugely popular typing paper in the 50’s and 60’s, and was manufactured up until 2005 when demand for paper with the “erasable” properties must have dropped below what Eaton could economically support. This paper is supposedly “date encoded”, so at some point I should figure out when this particular batch was manufactured. The “Corrasable” property of the paper is due to a coating applied to it that prevents ink from sinking into the paper, thus allowing easy erasure. I’ve read that this property pretty much caused this specific brand of paper to be banned for use in writing legal documents, and would likely make it very desirable for fountain pen letter writing (no ink-soaking blurriness). You do need to be careful not to smudge your writing, though, because the coating causes ink to dry much slower than on uncoated papers. I also see on Ebay that some people are selling NOS reams of this stuff for about $30 for 500 sheets. (in case anyone wants to have some)
In any case, it’s a expensive-feeling paper that will be handy for writing fancy correspondence on. (:
I got a pack of that as a surprise gift with the purchase of my Letter 32. Cool stuff, but you are right, it smears a ton. And with my monkey paws, that’s a guaranteed messy letter. But, its still cool.
My tw-bone went off this past weekend when I went across to the neighborhood next door to check out an estate sale. I don’t go to many of these, nor garage sales, but the tw-bone couldn’t be denied. I searched and searched and found myself holding a 20th Century Typewriter book for a quarter. Unfortunately, I only had a $100 in my pocket and even after searching for 10 minutes in my car for spare change, I came up empty.
Maybe your typewriter bone can find me a Hermes Rocket.
Heh, my Typewriter Bone is already on the prowl fora Rocket for the girl unit. She is envious of my Aristocrat but doesn’t like the dark green color.
The TW-Bone told me to look at Craigslist this morning:
Grah again! a Torpedo, but way outside my price range ):
My name is Sylvain and I’m writing to you from France.
I’m doing research about a document types on a Easton’ Corrasable paper and I would like to date it. Could you tell me what are the “date encoded” and can I find more about that ?
I said “supposedly” date-encoded. I never found out how.
There were touching notes inside the case of a Remington Noiseless I acquired here in the Philippines, typewritten on what seemed like an interesting paper. Took me a while to figure out the word “Corrasable” and a Google search led me here. Eaton’s Corrasable Bond.