Riding On A Rocket

Working with our Personal Computer we do not need anymore a pencil-sharpener or a stapler / stitcher / tucker; we don’t need a blotter and his blotter paper – hey, we are writing faster than ever, we don’t need a postman, some thin airpost-letter-paper, or a slow postship: my father once was proud of his pencil-sharpener like a medieval knight was proud of his sword and shield. But then came the pistols and canons. I feel like riding on a rocket, when I’m writing nowadays …

photos by frizztext; click on the pictures to enter his flickr galleries (and to read the commenzts there)…
thanks for permission to use some old-fashioned objects of his bureau tools collection in his shop-window-museum at Karl-Marx-Allee 74, 10243 Berlin: to Malte Jablonski, www.Buchhalterfabrik.com

related articles:
1 – Stasi Museum
2 – History of writing
3 – Typewriter Museum
4 – Old fashioned tools
old-fashioned communication technology

to write with a pencil is like walking barefoot on the ground – whereas a PC with wireless technology is like a two mach airplane at least:
SR-71 & F-106s
title=”SR-71 & F-106s” – photo by Tim Heinse = “Alabama Geographer”, on Flickr

About frizztext

websites: 1 - my wordpress blog "flickrcomments" at FLICKRCOMMENTS, 2 - my photos at frizztext, 3 - my guitar exercises fingerstyle_guitar, 4 - my twitter on twitter

21 responses to “Riding On A Rocket

  1. I was given a Kindle: suddenly my whole library has been made redundant.

    The computer relegated the typewriter to the museum along with dip-pens, quills, wax tablets, and wet clay; the e-book reader with wireless technology will close many libraries. Conventional bookshops will become places for collectors of fine prints (and good coffee) only.

    Sadly, I love it!


  2. G’day Frizz…After browsing around your posts, and being inspired by them, many writing tips are always welcome, I feel honoured that you are following my blog. Incidently I still have an old state of the art pencil sharpener, this post made me think of older, slower days when you waited anxiously for the mail man.


  3. All that history…
    I love it, Frizz! :)


  4. The beauty of form and function combined!

    As a child I know how tempted I would have been to turn the handle on the pencil sharpener . . .


  5. I still carry my pencil and eraser with me……. :-)
    old fashioned according to my children but very often very helpful.


  6. maistora / Vladimir Dimitroff commented (read above):
    technology has developed (bureaucracy hasn’t )
    = banking has developed (morality hasn’t)
    photo by maistora / Vladimir Dimitroff, click
    on the picture to enter his flickr galleries
    it’s good, if the girl learns early to analyse what could get wrong / too much / dangerous / too wild / out of control; I like humorous metaphor about how helpless we are staring sometimes to the financial crisis…


  7. You are quite the gadget guy! Yahoo!


  8. The convenience of a computer and email, etc. is nice, but it’s also a shame to see such a decrease in handwritten cards and letters. Email doesn’t replace the personal touch these provide. I still try to make and snail mail my own cards when time permits.


  9. looks like my house! :)


  10. comments to the pencil-sharpener from my flickr community:
    maistora (17 hours ago)
    I like to keep a few sharp pencils around – and use them. I don’t use this kind of sharpener, though – just the small ‘manual’ ones. In fact, what I like most of all in a wooden pencil is the act of sharpening with a pocket knife…

    Frizztext (Reply)
    I remember myself sharpening with a pocket knife or a stole kitchen knife – but my father was the proud owner of such a machine – he never allowed me to use it … – like a rich man cannot allow his five year old son to drive his Ferrari …

    Technology has moved on a little bit (Bureaucracy hasn’t )

    B℮n added this photo to his favorites. (15 hours ago)

    onkel_wart (busy) (6 hours ago)
    damit treibt man alles auf die spitze!

    Frizztext (Reply)
    Ich sah einmal eine revolutionäre Karikatur – da wurden Menschen in einem überdimensionalen Bleistift-Anspitzer zurecht gestutzt – Kopf zuerst – wie so eine Art XXXL-Spargel-Schälmaschine …

    Dirigentens (84 minutes ago)
    Ahh – memories :)


  11. That’s a great idea. “riding a rocket.”


  12. I love these vintage writing materials Frizz!


  13. Love this series of nostalgia.


  14. I still have a pencil-sharpener .. I love it .. .. like your post


  15. It is a time the younger generation will only read about one day.


  16. Schade dass die den gerätschaften eigene taktile komponente verloren gegangen ist
    Das bedächtige handeln


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