The Typing Machines

A Private Collection

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The Typing Machines

What a privilege to be granted a private tour of the historic Long-Waterman mansion in San Diego. Built in 1889 by architect D.B. Benson, this American Queen Anne style manor majestically occupies the corner of First Avenue and Kalmia Street in Banker’s Hill. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the second owner of this Victorian Mansion was Governor Robert Whitney Waterman, the 17th Governor of California. In 1993 John and Allegra Ernst purchased the historic property to serve as the center of operations for their Financial Services Establishment.  

While touring this remarkable mansion we ascended the staircase leading to the upper floors. My inner screen instantly reflected upon the death by hanging scene in my For No Apparent Reason novel. When we reached the top I stood captivated by a row of extraordinary antique typewriters. I wondered how many manuscripts had been typed on one of these incredible machines.

John and Allegra Ernst graciously allowed me private access to many of the rarely seen rooms of their Grand Mansion. I am extremely grateful to them for blessing me with this special privilege. They also gave me permission to photograph the typewriters for all to enjoy.

Thank you John and Allegra!

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