PART 184On this day (November 23) in 1920, a Bellaire, Ohio, steel mill labourer, Thomas White Arter, applied for a patent for a typewriter mat. Is this the only typewriter mat ever patented? (Mr Arter had earlier patented a cushion for the heel of a shoe. Things must have been pretty slow in Bellaire around 1920).
Anyway, I like it. I think it would adorn the typewriter desk quite nicely - though it might clash with the tartan dust cover from Ray Nickson's Olivetti Lettera 22.
I copied the Arter mat design (above) and played around with it for a few minutes, just using some quick paint fill, nothing too detailed or time-consuming. Here is the result:
Then I printed it off on some canvas, glued it to a bit of cardboard, put a typewriter on it, and, hey presto ...
If anyone would like to try the same thing, I'd be happy to give a $40 typewriter necktie prize to the best effort.