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Hobby///Antique typewriters

says. “I’d get things from flea markets, rummage sales and garage sales.” Dimalanta says that as word got around that he collects antiques, people started to call him if they came across something at a flea market or even if their grandparent was cleaning and going to throw items away. “I think once you start collecting things, things start coming to you,” he says. Dimalanta’s reputation as a collector became well-known over the years, and he says this is the reason the Agana Shopping Center contacted him. “The Agana Shopping Center said that because their center court is so empty, they want to have something there, rather than this big, empty space,” he says. “Since it was Philippine Independence month and I was already displaying some of my work in the Obra art show on the second floor, they asked me to display some of my collection.” During the time Dimalanta’s collection was showcased, he says he enjoyed the range of reactions he saw, especially the way they varied across age groups, from older adults reminiscing about the typewriters they grew up with to young children who didn’t even know what they are. “That’s the joy of collecting, when people appreciate it,” he says. “Of course you appreciate it yourself, but it’s even better to share it.” Dimalanta has 30 typewriters in his collection, the oldest items dating from between 1893 and 1912. He sold some of his best pieces years ago to collectors and after years of collecting not only typewriters, but other items such as antique cameras, bottles, sea shells and lighters, he says he’s ready to part ways with the rest of his collection. “I’m willing to sell the entire collection for $10,000 and individual typewriters for between $150 and $250, depending on the typewriter,” he says. “It’s kind of like selling a pet though, I want to make sure it goes to someone who appreciates it and will take care of it.” Dimalanata says he thinks typewriters will always have appeal in a world where the speed at which technology advances seems to also increase its disposability. “I just like the old stuff,” he says. “After a few years, everyone throws away their smart phone, it’s the new garbage. These things are built out of cast-iron and steel, they’re built to last forever.”

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