Month: April 2011

1966 Olympia SM-9 Postcard

I was over at MTE today to drop off some flyers for the 2nd Phoenix Typewriter Round-Up, and as happens everytime I drop by, I got to chatting with Bill and this time he rummaged through his file cabinet and came up with an old Olympia postcard, which he gave to me – probably because […]

1964 NOMDA Blue Book: Adler Typewriter Font Styles

One of the things I scanned from Bill Wahl’s 1964 National Office Machine Dealer’s Association Blue Book was the large section detailing the typestyles available to customers ordering a typewriter from a dealer. It’s surprising how many different typestyles were offered by each manufacturer, and a great many of these styles are ones I’ve never […]

On the “Something For Nothing” principle, and a new collecting obsession.

On that note, one issue I’m pondering is how strict I should make the data entry scheme for the typewriter database. for instance, here’s a possible schema for that table: CREATE TABLE typ_typewriters ( typ_id int(11) NOT NULL auto_increment, last_ts timestamp NOT NULL default CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, member_id int(11) NOT NULL default ‘0’, manufacturer varchar(250) default NULL, […]

Public Typecast: Birthday Party Madness

There was a birthday party at Amber’s, who is my next candidate for getting into the Typosphere, as she has a healthy collection and love for typewriters, just no blog yet. Using her 1950’s Remington Letter Riter, I began my typecast on the patio where partygoers first gathered and waited for the Booze Fairies to […]