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Monday, April 30, 2012

Hermes 3000 - back at the best

I like the section symbol, coming across it so much in parliamentary procedure.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Corona 3

My Corona 3 is from 1920.  It was my second purchase (for $16 if memory serves).  I was able to pick it up locally, and that was how I discovered the bins.  When I went to get it I entered the wrong door and found my Silent-Super for $3 (they hadn't established the $6.99 typewriter price yet).
I posted this pic when I first got it.

That's a military phone on the right, sitting on a 1950's phone book, kept because it has the ad for my wife's Grandparents' flower shop.

tiny typer comparison

Inspired by Adwoa's latest acquisition, I typed the following out of my big noiseless with tiny gothic type.
My excuse for typos is that the ribbon vibrator sometimes stays up in the way. Yeah.

"Only" 16 pitch, measured with an early wood slide rule.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

K2 contunued

I scrubbed the top, but not the body.  Can you see enough difference to be worth scrubbing the rest?

Everything is "Deluxe" in typewriters!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Everest K2

1958 if I'm reading that right.

I'll get a better picture later

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

post 401

thanks to the new dashboard, I realized that this is post 401.  Man, how am I spending my time?
Amusing myself, it seems.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

trip wrap-up and missed opportunity

My last little story of my typewriter trip is that so far the TSA agents have been pretty pleasant about it. At LAX security  I heard a woman say "It's a typewriter" and when I looked up she was miming the typing for her colleague.  The four of them were grinning at it as it came through and out of the x-ray.  It does seem to entertain them, and then they have something to talk about at break time.
I went to the Goodwill outlet and I found a nice Olympia SM9.  But I also found the lid to an old Royal, and I'm hoping the typosphere can help me identify what was under it.  When I mentioned not finding the typewriter the clerk said "We had a BUNCH of 'em in here yesterday."
Here are pics.  Tell me what was under this.  I'm afraid I may have missed the best type of QDL.

someone did well on their assignment

this is what i did take home.  I'll probably give it away

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Typing trip - Hotel bar

On my way through the lobby I noticed the tables outside the bar but still in their service area and thought, hmm...
So I bought a few postcards and stamps and looked up addresses. I only found Richard's and Adwoa's, so I wrote one for my wife and Ryan's (Seattle) will have to get mailed from home  Here's one for the blog.

This place is full of older executive types who got a kick out of the typewriter.  the first one who came to chat got drafted into taking pics, so here they are:

Then a younger guy came by and pronounced me "the coolest guy in the place with that typewriter" which as you can imagine is not a common experience for me.
Finally before my last card another fellow came by and had to email his friend.  He got a pic of the machine to send him.

I almost bailed in favor of packing but I'm glad I went through with it.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

sky typecast! follow-up

Advice for flying typists:

1. Bring for use a typewriter that resonates with the general public.  You know what I mean - especially beautiful (glass keys are helpful), and anything else interesting such as folding carriage or rising keys.  This gets aesthetes on your side.

2. Ask your seatmate(s) if they mind if you type.  This was my biggest mistake the first time, but in my defense I was sick then. 

3. Other than that it's just following the adage "It's easier to apologize than to get permission," and not arguing when directed to put it away.

4. My original plan, as mentioned, was to wait for screaming kids to drown me out and I still think that's a useful tactic.

You'll notice I only did half a page.  I'm just trying to put it out there and set precedent.  I think hauling it out early was not helpful the first time.  If someone doesn't like the sound (weirdos) they may object at the start of the flight but not toward the end.  Plus the FA's are busier toward the end.

Here is a typecast from the terminal at SeaTac in my new narrative practice style:

Monday, April 9, 2012

sky typecast!

Finally success in the air!  Virgin America was the way to go.  Just hipster enough to have tolerance in the seats and aisles.  One lady even leaned in to say "that's so cool!"

I asked the seatmate to get a picture.  Attending to that was why I kept repeating myself typing.

he got three


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