Wolff Cottage Typewriter

Published March 3, 2017 by A.J.B. Johnston

I have been meaning to say something about this typewriter for some time.

I walk past it leaving or coming back to Wolff Cottage several times every day. Passers-by occasionally come close to inspect or take a photo. It certainly is intriguing to all who spot it. A vestige from the first three-quarters of the 20th century, when writers used a device like this. Some could see it as a symbol—a talisman—of a time gone by. Or a cautionary tale about the passage of time. Get writing before your time is up!

I have heard three different stories about the typewriter. First, it turned up mysteriously after the cottage became a writer’s residence. Second, legendary Southern writer Sonny Brewer, the founder of the Center for the Writing Arts, put it where it is as a poignant symbol. Third, it is the very typewriter of the Fairhope writer who was one of the authors of M.A.S.H. Not the film or TV series but the book that came before that.

In another post, I will definitely have to say something about Fairhope’s literary history, which is illustrious and ongoing.

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