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Typewriters In The Corral

My herd of fine writin’ irons.

What’s In The Box???

The Smith-Corona Floating Shift Typewriter Repair Bible is now available! 334 Pages, Professionally printed and coil bound to lay flat on your work table. Includes: Smith-Corona “Floating Shift” User Manuals Complete 1947 and 1951 Service, Troubleshooting and Adjustment Manuals Covering Portable Manual Typewriters: Smith-Corona Squareline (Flat-top), Speedline and Super-5 Series – Standard, Clipper, Sterling, Silent […]

Royal Model 10 Standards, Dual-Glass, Single-Glass and No-Glass – when did it happen?

  Whatever Happened to the International Typewriter Appreciation Month? The 1940 AMES American Typewriter Parts Catalog The one that started this hunt, the first known Model 10 Royal: From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Evan Pitman: 1913 Royal 10 Serial #X-173084 http://typewriterdatabase.com/1913-royal-10.7490.typewriter First Dual-Glass: From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Drew Saffell: 1915 Royal 10 […]

Pencil tips for the Type-O-Graph!

Well, I’ll call the “lead test” a success – and with that concept proven, it seems all you’d really need to build new *pencil* tips is a bit of rigid plastic tube of exactly the right diameter (I’ll need to borrow a micrometer and mic out the dimensions of the original pen cartridge) with a […]

UJTU: Will 2016 never end?

It’s been a rough year, hasn’t it? It’s got the feels in spades, and chaos reigns. The future looms full of change that is shaped by rough uncertainty – the road ahead enveloped in a dark thundercloud, forks of lightning striking potholes into the many forks in the road itself. Like Jonah heading for the […]

The Green Hornet unlimbers!

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…  […]

It’s Beginning to Rain…

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 […]

IBM Model 85: A Weird Mashup Indeed

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 […]

The Royal Sabre of Portugal

Oh, and just so you know I’m not off my Composer kick, look what’s headed my way as you read this: Nick T’s Composer and typeballs, adopted by yours truly to the Corral of Increasingly Print-Industry Related Machines. We’ll see how I do with one of these finicky difference engine escapement typewriters when it has […]

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