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  1. Did your Chieftain come in the attache case?
    Nice script on the Galaxie.
    I’ve got to see an IBM encoded typecast. It’ll be fun to decode it.

    1. Yep, came with the case shown (:

  2. Nice selection of machines. Funny you mentioned the encryption thing with the IBM, I was just thinking about a method of combining one time pads with typewriters. Hmm…

    Where do you find brown ribbons? Other than the We are Memory Makers brand?

    It’s funny with blue typewriters, they’re always a hit. Nice script typeface.

    For your typing table, how about some rubber floor matting from the hardware store. You can buy it by the foot, just use carpet tacks or a staple gun to apply, then the machines won’t slide around. Not as permanent as, say, ceramic tile, but perhaps a bit more typer friendly.

    1. Well a one-time pad would be a real code rather than a cipher, and would be difficult to decode without the pad. I’m thinking something that casually mysterious but decryptable. (:

      The black/brown silk ribbons are NOS, got ’em from Clark a couple years ago when he bought out the stock of another repairman.

      Hmmn, rubber. dunno how that’d stand up to the sun. You know how it gets. :D

  3. Your comment regarding heat and melting keytops is an interesting one. Have we ever scientifically determined the temperature range of manual typewriters? Say sitting inside of a parked car in the afternoon sun verses inside of a freezer?

    1. Well, a few years ago a guy came to one of the summer type-ins, but left a Lettera 25 in his car until about halfway through. By the time he got it out of the car, it had visibly melted, the metal parts were burning to the touch and all the plastic was soft and pliable. it was a wreck. /:

  4. Yikes, remind me not to keep a typewriter in a car in Arizona in the summertime …

  5. Years ago, a friend sent me a message in code. So, using the frequency chart, and sorting out the letters in his message, I was able to decipher his message, in about 3 tries. Not as difficult as I thought it would be. Then I sent him a message, to his PO box, using only the zip + 4 on the envelope. He thought I had gone to the post office, and talked a clerk into putting it in with his mail. But, for a P.O. box, the 9 digit zip is enough, the post office willing to do its job.

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