Thursday, January 06, 2011

You Don't Need I.D. To Buy Booze If You Have One Of These In Your Pocket

"Typewriter Eraser" by Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen


When Ed and I were in Las Vegas in November, we saw this. Just knowing what it is, instantly ages you. Ed, the spring chicken, had no idea what it was.

I hadn't seen one in years and excitedly said, "It's a typewriter eraser!"

He said, "What's a typewriter??"

I'm kidding; he didn't ask what a typewriter was. But I did have to tell him that not only could I identify this object, but I've used one. In typing class. A class you say, for learning how to type?? Doesn't everyone come out of the womb these days knowing how to type? Geez, not every generation was born with a keyboard and mouse three feet from their crib.

Apparently this blast from the past makes Claes and Coosje some pretty popular guys. A smaller version of "Typewriter Eraser" sold at a Christie's auction in 2009 for $2,210,500.00!!

So seriously now...what mundane object from my generation can I make a giant sculpture of and sell for a cool two mil?


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Mine. All Mine.
3 YEARS AGO:
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4 YEARS AGO:
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Seattle In Motion

3 comments:

Gil said...

Too funny, I have one in my desk and I'm old!!!

growfamilygrow said...

Really, a typewriter?
How about a vhs tape? Or an ol' floppy disk? That one might make you a few pennies.

Fandango Travelers said...

That is so cool. I was trying to describe what the carriage return on a typewriter was to a younger friend the other day. That is the kind of typewriter I learned to type on ......type type type type "slam" type type type type "slam".