A visit to the Mesa Typewriter Exchange

Because I am impulsive, a middle child, did not grow up getting presents and swag bags every day of my life just for being a kid, I have these obsessions with acquiring books and typewriters. More than I could reasonably use.

I have the typewriter of my dreams, the Hermes 3000.


Sweet, right? Seriously? I want to eat it. If you scratch and sniff the picture it smells like mint cause it’s that minty fresh.

 Then I saw this sweet 95.00 electric brother typewriter. Looked like something my boys would use. Also, looked like a typewriter so thus, a great idea.
 so I bought it and brought it home, this is some of what we left behind.
 Corona. Works.
 Old school, Works, part of Bill’s personal collection.
If you haven’t been to this wonderful wonderland, please take some time to visit. But buy a typewriter because it is magical, like having a convertible.

Click Clack Moo Redux


July 7, 2012, my lovely friend Stacy gave me a present, an Underwood typewriter


For a while, it was enough to look upon it. Then I learned about nearby Mesa Typewriter Exchange and realized I could have it serviced.


I brought the typewriter to the library in the morning and let the students take turns using it. It generated enormous interest and conversation with every grade.

In the afternoon, Brady and I brought my Underwood to Mr. Bill Wahl at the Mesa Typewriter Exchange.


He asked me where I bought my typewriter, how long did I have it and how did it work. I knew very little. He stepped into his office and came back with this paper, turned my typewriter over and said it was made in 1916.


This is what the world was like around the time my typewriter came to be:

  • 1910: Edison shows the 1st talking motion picture
  • 1911: Kettering invents the 1st automotive ignition system
  • 1912: LifeSavers candy introduced
  • 1913: the modern brassiere and crossword puzzle are invented
  • 1914: gas mask invented in time for WWI
  • 1915: Pyrex invented
  • 1916: Model T Ford prices fall to $360 — half the 1911 price
  • 1916: stainless steel invented
  • 1917: modern zipper invented
  • 1918: Armstrong’s core design for super heterodyne radio circuit —
  • which eventually becomes universal
  • 1919: short-wave radio invented


I was curious and I wanted to stay a while, so every few minutes when a customer came in, I said they could go ahead of us.


we weren’t in a hurry


there was so much to look at


I liked eavesdropping on Mr. Wahl’s conversations with other customers. He seemed to have the same conversation over and over again, while we were there he examined four typewriters for repair and had one picked up.


I started to feel greedy and felt as if I needed to have ten or fifteen typewriters of my own.


That is how I get in bookstores too.

Because of his backlog, my typewriter will be waiting in queue for service. I will update again when I go to pick her up.


I think is the coolest corner of the Valley yet, but don’t take my word for it. Stop by and visit.

One of my students said I had to include this book, I agree.

One of my students said I had to include this book, I agree.

p.s. Here is a snap of the boys using a typewriter on board the U.S.S. North Carolina


Mesa Typewriter Exchange: A trip to the typewriter store

Last summer my friend Stacy bought me a typewriter. It was just the kind of thing your bestie would give you and I loved it.


Even thought I was in Pennsylvania and I had to haul it all the way back on the plane!


This week we are taking a special trip to Mesa Typewriter Exchange at 30 S. Macdonald, Mesa, Arizona 85210 (480) 964-3603)

On my neighborhood list I bought a nifty metal typewriter table, just the size for my front entrance.


The typewriter is magical, kids love it. I almost want to keep it at school so everyone can enjoy it.


This year Brady started to take online typing classes at home. He uses typekids. This is another resource full of typing games you can try.

on my wish list

on my wish list

Have you ever used a typewriter? Do you think it would be fun to take a typing class at school?