@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
Crank #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 – Read at your own risk.
For Victor Adding Machine freeks, the Victor Serial Number Age List from the Western Office Machine Dealer’s Association 1973 Line Book. Enjoy!
Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him. And when they lifted […]
FreeDOS, a free, open-source MS-DOS clone OS Microsoft Word 5.5 for DOS, free download from Microsoft
Thermal Baby Wedges, boy I’ve sure been on a kick all week and having a lot of fun. For the record, I still haven’t run down a set of batteries – these thermal babies really seem to sip the juice. I poked the only other collector I know of who owns one of these Brother […]
Quick, name an IBM Typewriter that takes normal 96-Character Selectric III typeballs monospaced in 10 and 12 pitch, and *also* prints in proportional spacing using special “round dot” proportional typeballs? Give up? How about if I told you it was a weird mashup of the IBM Selectric III and the Wheelwriter? Yeah, it’s sort of […]
Can you find the typewriter featured in The Avalanches “Frontier Psychiatrist”?
The *only* bright point in this whole week is that nobody (so far) has been seriously hurt. We can only pray that this doesn’t change.