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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

breaking news in the Insurgency!

The Central Tacoma Free Radical Media Exchange, to which I donated the Royal All-American last weekend, has begun designing a "semi-religious alcove" for it.  An elevation of commitment to the printed word.  As yet, curiously, no comment on the manifesto I typed up in it as a type sample.

In the comment thread, another friend of the exchange has offered a "pre-war Belgian typewriter that types in script." I may have to meet this guy for a type-in with the KMC guy.


The lap desk was a gift from my wife.  I've even used the Adler Universal on it.

Monday, July 30, 2012

happening week

This is what I bought. blades sold separately and added later.

The media exchange has announced the typewriter acquisition on facebook.

If he posts a comment saying it's ok, I'll post the original pic.

Friday, July 27, 2012


see? Rear plate gone too.  Could someone post a pic of theirs?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

random play with the new units

I scraped the old glue off
and did a poor imitation on a trimmed post-it

Thanks to Robert at oz.typewriter I have several good images to work from.
My plan is to carve it in something and glue it on

And I compared the Scottish 22's typeface with the Underwood Lettera 22.  Looks the same to me.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

caving to pressure

Then there's this one:

No tab, and no labeling except "norm" - not even a "made in Western Germany" or anything!
But it is a swell typer - very similar to the Torpedo.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

shopping on antique row

I went in search of my own vintage shaving equipment and found an amber bakelite-handled E3 Schick injector (from the late 30's I think).  I snapped it up for $15, eschewing the vintage Gillette at $25 across the street for now. I didn't find the injector blades at Walgreen, but I found them on Amazon for $4.80 a pack and placed an order.

While I was talking to the proprietor, I noticed a slide rule - a mid-century K&E but he directed my attention to the other case, which held a solid brass rule with some sort of Asian writing on the ends.  $54 was too steep but he said everything was half price to reduce stock.  Then he gave me both items for 40 anyway. 
 The slide rule turns out to be a WWII Japanese navy rule.  pretty spiffy.  Should I shine it up or preserve the patina?

So I toured the rest of the shop looking for typewriters, and found two that greatly interest me at "half price" which would be $19 each.  I may have to go back and snap them up.  tell me what you think.
round-key Lettera 22 in a brownish color

I got pics to look this up because no logo.  It turns out to be a Triumph Norm with a German QWERTZ keyboard. hmm...

Then I went to the bins, just to check.  Nothing much, except this rather interesting sewing machine for Adwoa.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

LAX type-in

The west coast type-in was a success, in the cafe in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza hotel.  Here are the scans and pics.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A grand day out

a pond at the Center for Wooden Boats for sailing models

montage of parking fees, typical of Seattle, and why we only come on parking holidays, as at the bottom.

A wild deer appears!


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