I saw this article in my newsfeed today, and it surprised me to find that Italian typewriter designer Ettore Sottsass had designed houses too, with over 20 homes in his portfolio. I figured this would be an article that Ton Sison would dig, so I went to his blog (i dream lo-tech) to post it […]
Well, this is certainly a surprise, especially after reading Joe Van Cleave’s blog post where he discusses his reasons for liking his old Alphasmart Neo. I’ve had a pair of Alphasmart Danas for a few years and have liked them quite a lot, but they tend to eat through batteries faster than I’d like when […]
This post about a Gossen Tippa from BillM over at Fountain Pens & Typewriters prompted me to take a look at what the TWDB says about the Gossen Tippa, to see if I could improve on it and solve the mystery of the production year of Bill’s machine. TWDB is sourced from the 1955 Herstellungsdaten, […]
It is by Will alone I set my Mind in Motion It is by the Ink of the Ribbon that Thoughts Acquire Speed The Fingers Acquire Stains The Stains Become a Warning It is by Will alone I set my Mind in Motion. SSW Universal Surveillance Secret Society Wars
What follows below is the story of New York artist Kyle Void and his quest to obtain a working IBM Selectric Composer. This quest was a long, arduous and expensive journey for Kyle, fraught with disappointment and dead ends. His perseverance and willingness to throw absurd amounts of cash at the problem won through in […]
Drink from the well of yourself and begin again… -Charles Bukowski
@Vice Sports It looks like an IBM Personal Wheelwriter, a bit hefty to be lugging into a press box, and also has a correcting lift-off ribbon, so why the White-Out?
When the modern typewriter collector looks back on the habits of the breed over time, he notices that up until the turn of the 21st Century, collectors had zero interest in machines made later than World War 2, and in many cases had little interest in machines newer than about 1930. I have a theory […]
I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description “hard-core pornography”, and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that. United States Supreme […]
The Typewriter Database is doing well at the end of the third year of the Five-Year Plan. Traffic has nearly doubled between July and October of 2015, and we’ve blown past 4500 Typewriter Galleries. That’s about 500 fewer than where I wanted to be at the end of 2015, but we could still manage 10,000 […]
Kyle in NY’s Composer, Restored by ProfessorC Selectric Composer 88-Character Proportional Num Font Qty Name Size Style ———————————————————————————— 4022 AR-8-M 0 Aldine Roman 8 B Medium 4023 AR-8-I 0 Aldine Roman 8 B Italic 4055 AR-8-B 0 Aldine Roman 8 B Bold 4020 AR-10-M 1 Aldine Roman 10 Y Medium 4021 AR-10-I 0 Aldine Roman […]
Dr. Benway: You’d better help this friend of yours get off the yellow stuff. It’ll kill him. Bill Lee: How do I get him to kick? Dr. Benway: Kick? Bill Lee: H-How do I get him off it? Dr. Benway: Oh. Mix it with this. Gradually increase the percentage of black without telling your friend… […]
For your edification (and because electronic baby wedges *need* user manuals, unlike most typewriters) I present to you my PDF scan of the Brother EP-44 User Manual. Enjoy!
Drago’s margin bell is finally working 100% again (probably for the first time in decades, actually) – after examining every millimeter of the rather Rube Goldbergish margin bell system of my Underwood #5 and finding nothing specifically faulty. The problem in the end was probably one of design, as the flippy arm (#20 in illustration […]
1987’s version of No Laughing Matter: Nate Stiffler (drums), Ted Worthless (guitar, yeah that’s me), Scott Roman (vocal/synth), Rod Glaze (bass). From at least the late 1970’s, the church I was raised in had a very progressive view of youth ministry. That church community launched several bands over the decades, with NLM being just one. […]
Words are Winged: Tuning an Underwood 5
Ok, so like when I was twelve, I ran away and decided to live on the streets of Hollywood…
This past June, I was corresponding with our friend ProfessorC about an original blue-trim 1962 IBM Selectric that he was in the process of restoring. The topic of our discussions was the condition of the front stainless steel trim pieces (stainless steel was only used on the very earliest Selectrics, later years saw a switch […]
The last cigarette smokers in America were located in a box canyon south of Donner Pass in the High Sierra by two federal tobacco agents in a helicopter who spotted the little smoke puffs just before noon. One of them, Ames, the district chief, called in the ground team by air-to-ground radio. Six men in […]
It’s beginning to rain, rain, rain – hear the voice of the father, Saying whosoever will come and drink from the water, I will pour out my spirit on my sons and my daughters, If you’re thirsty and dry, lift your hands to the sky, It’s beginning to rain… “The Only Good Bug is a […]
With the release of Issue #110, the Board of Directors and Editor of the Early Typewriter Collectors Association has made good on a promise to offer every issue older than 2 years from publication for free download on the etconline.org website. This presents you with the opportunity to read up on an awful lot of […]
Well, the most obvious shortcoming is the lack of good light for the phone camera inside. text is blurry due to the pathetic light. I’m hoping that the phone’s camera can do much better outside. The process of editing and uploading photos is quite easy on the Android phone, even with the relatively tiny screen, […]
Inspired by joe vc’s process post, testing feasibilty of posting typecast by telephone. This is test #1.
From May 1985 Upper & Lower Case magazine, the trade magazine of the International Type Corporation