Ode to Old Office Supplies: the typewriter eraser

typewriter eraserAnyone remember this guy?? I never had the pleasure of actually using a typewriter eraser, but I DO remember my grandfather having a few of these in his house when I was a kid because he ran a business out of his home. For anyone who was accustomed to using a typewriter for their job, this typewriter eraser was probably a VERY familiar office supply back in the day. These thin, round erasers were made up of a hard rubber that contained an abrasive material and had a brush attached from the center. These handy little erasers made it possible to erase individual typed letters. The attached brush was used to clear away eraser residue and paper dust… if any of that got into the actual typewriter, it could cause build up which would cause the type bars to jam.

Two artists, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, loved the typewriter eraser SO much that they created a giant sculpture of it in 1999 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. There are two other versions of this sculpture in the Las Vegas and Seattle areas.

typewriter eraser sculpture


Did you ever use a typewriter eraser? Comment below!

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