Ready, Type, Grow!

Jan 13, 2009 by

Although it hurts my heart, some vintage typewriters I find are simply beyond repair.  Neglected, damaged, and utterly rusted, these poor typewriters can no longer pen love letters, but they can be repurposed into unique planters.

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Spotted at the Wild Side West Saloon, blinkwhenpassing found a treasure trove of succulents amidst what appears to be an antique Underwood.

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You don’t need a double-decker vintage typewriter to create a fantastic planter.  Zen‘s Corona is the perfect home for succulents.

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This was an “archelogical” discovery made by ghb624, who took this photo at a storm drain channel; it appears that Royal typewriters and nature live together in harmony.

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If only all vintage typewriters were in immaculate condition, then we would simply turn Rico Thunder‘s concrete-cast typewriters into planters.

What’s your vote on turning non-functional typewriters into planters?  I’m on the fence with this one, although the repurposing side of me says “grow baby grow!”

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12 Comments

  1. if all hope is lost, the top two look cool. i do have a tendency to paint things white and might also spray paint them.

  2. Gut feeling is that even if the typewriter as a whole is unusable, there’s still a lot of salvageable parts within. Of course, many of these were made by the millions, so the loss of one or more to a planter is probably no great shakes. The storm-drain Royal makes me think of coral reefs growing up over the skeletons of old sunken ships. Nature will upcycle us all in the end.

  3. I love that one with the succulents! It’s so beautiful.

  4. Fantastic idea – and they look so neat too!

  5. i love these pictures!i bought an old typewriter and it actually works! but wonderful ideas…
    hey grace, you must check out my blog and how i used the vintage alphabet blocks i bought from you :)

  6. Oh LOVE this – think I may have to steal to post on my blog!

  7. Thanks for sharing this helpful info!

  8. That was interesting . I love your style that you put into your work. Please do move forward with more like this.

  9. but now the a key works wonderfully, and the y key sticks : yy

    it’s still nice though.

  10. there’s still a lot of salvageable parts within. Of course, many of these were made by the millions

  11. Its really very good information. Thanks for sharing this info.

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