Month – March 2011
When the current “keychopper” drama on the PTF broke onto the Typosphere via Adowa’s post on Retro Tech Geneva, I made a snarky comment about Typerati Secret Police ninjas that later prompted this little vignette: …and then there’s this little snippet which I’d typed up on Einstein a day or two before – completely unrelated, […]
Heh, it must be Hermes 2000 day today in the typosphere. I typed this up at work, then brought Ellery home to try him in regular rotation, and I fire up the typosphere.net blogroll and find that Adventures in Typewriterdom did his post today on his H2000. What’re the odds?
I’m not really into Steampunk myself, but I enjoy watching steampunks parade around in their Victorian garb and brass fittings, and I appreciate the beauty of the aesthetic. Like the folks that make typewriter-key jewelry, steampunks have been known to keychop for their projects – but unlike most keychoppers, steampunks invariably build something amazing with […]
There are so many reasons to keep a typewriter on your desk, but I think one of the best ones is that sometimes your loved ones will use it to leave you notes. MMMMMmmm… Warm fuzzies!
*ADDENDUM* I attempted to make a typewriter pad out of 4 mouse pads, as I happen to have lots of these Secret Society Wars mousepads hanging around. Result: utter failure. Witness the hard shift to the left after just 3 lines of typing. The mouse pads didn’t move, but it appears the top surface isn’t […]
It is clearly a sign of obsession that I bought this nasty little thing. It’s not even remotely fit for the CTP and owning it breaks two of my cardinal rules of Typewriter Collecting in that it’s both plastic and unusable. The justification regarding the ribbon is valid, tho – I’d pay $8 for a […]
Here’s a really good animated photo of the Starlite Motel Diving Lady. Be sure to hit the “animate” button. Part of the diving lady sign survives and is now mounted in the local mall to help raise money to renovate the historic sign. Several businesses have gotten together to help supply the labor necessary to […]
Decided to take Little Jake out for a typecast. Sadly, his rubber hasn’t aged well, so he’s destined to stay in the glass display case until I can scrape up the cash to have his rubber bits recovered… Gah, I keep typing 1934, which was the date I got from TW-DB, but on my last […]
I’m feeling very random today, so today’s flurry of posts are everything I disjointedly typed on whatever was handy.
Um, yeah. That title is an obscure reference to a cassette-only release by the Minutemen in the early 80’s, so it’s probably more mysterious than meaningful to anyone other than me. :D That was a typecast I did yesterday on the Ollie 21 early in the day, then I got Ryan’s email saying the trade […]
Dashed off in a fit of pique on “Moneypenny”, 1947 Royal Quiet De Luxe.
Well, I just had to jump on the bandwagon, didn’t I? :D
So hey – quick note: Sara got a call from a reporter for us to go meet him down at Mesa Typewriter Exchange at 4pm for an interview, possibly about Bill’s shop, but maybe something about the resurgence of interest in typewriting (elsewise, why talk to us rather than just Bill?) Hopefully I can catch […]
Good evening, ladies and gents. Today’s sermon is for those who are newly inducted into the exciting world of collecting and admiring the writing machines of the past century. A bold journey awaits you, hidden on dusty shelves in thrift and antique stores, baking in the hot sun on rickety card tables at garage sales, […]
Speaking of new blogs being discovered, here’s one that’s a couple years old, but the guy has a lotta machines: John E. Simmons, who offers Underwood manuals online: Underwood Repair Manual (1920) Underwood Standard (1930 – #3, 4 and 5) He also offers a bunch more manuals and documentation.
Ok, well, I *think* it’s a #5, but as the machine has a fairly thick coat of paint applied over the original labels and I know diddly jack about old Underwoods, it’s at best a semi-educated guess. I found this machine at a yard sale this morning, carriage frozen almost solid, tab key jammed into […]
I’ve got the Olivetti 21 cleaned up and ready to trade/sell, and yesterday I dropped by Mesa Typewriter Exchange to see if Bill would swap me the old Hermes Ambassador that he has collecting dust on his back shelf for it. No dice on that one – as soon as we pulled the Hermes off […]
It may sound like I’m pushing typewriter porn, but this post is really just an appeal for help. You see, I took the cover off of this Studio 21 to clean a small bit of gunk off of the escapement that was causing the tabulator function to not be able to zippily move from one […]
It’s hard to believe my luck sometimes. After months and months of coming up dry on my thrift store runs, the past couple of weeks have been like Moses striking the stone and having a steady stream pour forth. Lately, I’ve been only hitting the most convenient Goodwill every three or four days – the […]
What a whirlwind of a Saturday! I woke up Saturday morning with a burning desire to discover the true identity of the Clark Nova from “Naked Lunch”, for some utterly pointless reason – it had just been bothering me for weeks and I had to know. Well, OK. So I load up the film in […]
There’s been some uncertainty about what typewriters were used in the movie “Naked Lunch” by David Cronenberg. I’ve remembered them as a Smith-Corona Super-5 body from the 50’s (Bill Lee’s Clark Nova), a 60’s Olivetti Lettera 32 (Tom Frost’s Martinelli) and an Oliver (Tom Frost’s Mujahideen arabic machine). Recently I got into a conversation over […]
Time is a mover, she never slows down…
Typecast from the newly rediscovered Remmie Model 1, Whose name is now Kipling, and who sports a new ribbon.