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Sunday, June 26, 2011

SM3 booklet

field day finds

Field Day was fun last night, now it's time to crash.

I'll scan this soon

I found online a link to another Sears Cutlass that instead was a Royal Safari variant.

hood scoop and racing stripes!

Now that I have a Galaxie and a Cutlass, maybe it's time for a post on car-named and themed typewriters.
Mr. Messenger will get to it eventually, probably starting with the super-G.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Typewriter Day, 2011

a little thematic doggerel to start off.  The video link will be at the bottom
Obligatory typecast: typed at the bookstore.  It turned out to be my last typing stop.  The other typing is a letter.


that video is long and dull so here's the same thing with a trance track over it!
music fixes everything doesn't it?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Happy Typewriter Day!

I'm shooting my video(s) after work and also have a meeting so they won't be posted until Friday. Meanwhile, here's the link to the puzzle answer key.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Assignment due Thursday

pdf version

correction - 6 should read "Partner of 5." They were nos. 19 and 20 when it was written.

Friday, June 17, 2011

favorites week - SM3

Royal surprise

the binding is relieved by laying it on its back, and feels as if it's to the left either at the post it slides on or near the ribbon controls.  If anyone has had such a problem let me know please.

the old favorite Aristocrat
The Goodwill surprise QDL

Thursday, June 16, 2011

favorites week - Studio 44 script

I'm not happy with how blurry the scans get after they pass through flickr.  any advice?

make that four cartridges - one's a 2-pack

 These are balls for Selectric II.  I don't know if they fit a first gen, but I know they don't fit the III.
I listed them some time ago but haven't yet found the post to link to.  I'll do it again if there is interest.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

preservation of individual history

When I photographed my “new” Media, the name label on the spacebar jumped out at me.  I thought with all the beautiful renovation/refurbishing of typewriters in the blogs lately that I would rationalize my own failure to even adequately clean mine by parading some of the marks left by prior owners.
I have several whose owners used good old Dymo Labelmakers, which after Mr. Messenger’s post I now think of as simplex typewriters.

I have three machines labeled this way and I also have three Dymos, by the way – eventually they will see use in a post.

Others have used handwriting, either by pen

or Dremel tool

The other category of historical tagging is that which gives clues to the machine’s working life.  This is usually in the form of a small label or asset tag, sometimes with a tracking number.

And finally, there’s the tag meant to be seen by the person on the other side of the machine – customer, client, whatever they are called in context.  This one is from the police department FP:

So when I see these marks I tend to preserve them.  I even try to look up previous owners but have come up empty.  I have plenty of machines so the few bearing this provenance won't be stripped or repainted or even too thoroughly cleaned, but instead I will remember that these were tools that may have worked very hard before they came to me.


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