Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A Hard One

 I don't mind a hard one. I hope you don't either.

I was cleaning the inside of our stick vacuum cleaner and I needed a brush to get where my fingers couldn't. I know, this old brush will do the trick, and it did. I thought about the brush.

The brush was made in Japan some 55 years ago and accompanied by a soft camel hair brush with hairs about 2cm long and 4cm handle. That the plastic hasn't disintegrated nor the bristles fallen out is amazing. While a little discoloured, it is truly amazing that it works as well as it did when new.

So, what was the purpose of the brush and the second one for that matter? I now use the second one for cleaning my electric razor. You do have to be of a certain age. 

Clue at 16.00 if no one has the answer by then.

Later edit: Cro of Magnon's Meanderings correctly suggested it is a brush for cleaning typewriter striking parts that hit the inked ribbon and print onto the paper. I suppose they used to get a build up of gunk from the type writer ribbon plus some dust. Oh yes, if you are late to this post, do comment if you knew what it was, hey Grace.

19 comments:

  1. I would say for clothing? I remember those ivory handled ones. Poor elephants. But they would yellow with age.

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  2. I am with WWW. Clothing? I hope it cleared the obstruction in the vacuum.

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  3. To brush your fedora?

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  4. I have seen brushes like that for fedora hats, for suede shoes, but also to clean around the lips of sinks. I'd go for suede though. A brush like that would do a splendid job!

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  5. Is it a shoe brush? Or a beard brush? No matter what it is, its amazing its lasted so long!

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  6. I noticed the blogpost title on someone else's blog and imagined that you would be writing about mini-Andrew and not an old brush! I have no idea what that brush was for but as you are in Australia I am going to suggest it was for cleaning out gunge from kangaroos' pouches.

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  7. Is it a moustache or beard groomer? Or perhaps for taming bushy eyebrows? I wish Australian made stuff lasted so long, but wait..we don't make stuff here anymore. It's all made in China and designed to fall apart so we have to buy more and more often. (possibly a slight exaggeration, other countries make stuff too)

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  8. ‘Tash or beard was my first thought - it does looks like the tiny little brush The Golfer uses for cleaning the heads of his razor. Do let us in on the secret please

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  9. Was it for cleaning the letters on an old fashioned typewriter. I had to use something similar on mine, from time to time.

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    1. Well done Cro. More detail later.

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    2. Amazing.

      We used to use a toothbrush for ours when I was a kid.

      I reckon I last used an actual typewriter in about 1986 or 1987 (as teacher typing up a quiz in a staff marking room) and before that probably 1983 or at latest 1985 (by which time I had my first "Apple Macintosh" and dot printer).

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  10. Nothing like a hard one!
    Don't know what the softer brush was used for but see the answer above.
    How great is it that that hard brush still works, old becomes new again.

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  11. Did not know there was such a thing as a typewriter brush. Where would you have bought such an item? In the office supply store, maybe?

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    1. Kirk, this one was an accessory to the typewriter.

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  12. Very interesting! Do you remember the old wheeled erasers with the little brushes?

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  13. I feel like I should have known what it was Andrew as I was a super duper typist 300 years ago 😁 but glad that Cro knew. It had adapted to many more used over all those years, there aren't many things still useful after all that time 😉

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