For quite some months, I have had a standing desk dedicated to Mothra, my 1972 IBM Selectric Composer. Sadly, when I last tried to type on ‘er a couple days ago, the machine stopped cold in half-cycle. I could still hear the motor spinning free, though, and that’s a real bad sign. So anyway – […]
Typewriters In The Corral
My herd of fine writin’ irons.
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 […]
This Olympia SM-9 on the Typewriter Database
For those who have asked, and any others interested in the Type-O-Graph’s unique typewriting action:
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 […]
You know, there’s just something that really jazzes me about these little Brother mini-typewriters from the early 1980’s – maybe it’s the inventiveness that Brother showed in trying out so many really unique ways of re-engineering the mechanics of the way a typewriter works – that kind of inventiveness in the typewriter industry really only […]
199x IBM Correcting Selectric III @ TWDB 197x Smith Corona Galaxie Twelve @ TWDB 1964 Smith Corona Coronet @ TWDB
The Royal Portables in 5 parts: Unraveling the Royal Quiet De Luxe – Part 1: Ancestry (Model P, O and B) Unraveling the Royal Quiet De Luxe – Part 2: Birth of the QDL (and siblings) Unraveling the Royal Quiet De Luxe – Part 3: The Post-War Royal Portables (A, B and C Models) Unraveling […]
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 […]
There’s still a bit of pitting left behind by the mold that shows up in flash photographs. Maybe a bit of buffing compound might fix that. Flash photography also reveals that the keys are slightly different shades of green .. randomly. thankfully, neither of these things is apparent in normal light. Actually, now that I […]
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!
Words are Winged: Tuning an Underwood 5
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 […]
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 […]
Sharp PA-1050 Typewriter User Manual
I think this kind of typewriter is the portable of the future… – Martin Goldshine, executive vice president of Silver Reed America Inc. (1983) NEW TYPEWRITERS JOIN THE COMPUTER AGE (NY Times, September 1983)
Briar Levit on making Graphic Means from Briar Levit on Vimeo.
The font elements for Selectrics come in 3 basic types: First Generation (Rabbit Ear): 1961 to about mid-60’s. 88-Character Selectric I/II elements only. These are the simplest design, just a bent wire held in place by a plastic half-cap. You pinch the rabbit ears to open. Delightfully easy and super-durable. They almost never break. Why […]
This machine at the TWDB.
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 […]
I found a 1970’s Galaxie 12 today while doing some light thriftin’ – normally I don’t much like the Brown Plastic Case era SCM’s, but these latter-day Galaxies are usually good machines. Besides, I had to at least look for a datecode. For eight bucks, I didn’t pass up this one, and yep – brown […]