Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pad testimonials

Many thanks to these three buyers of a Jackalope typewriter pad who recently took the trouble to send me these unsolicited testimonials. Type on, friends!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The road from Milwaukee

On the way back home from Milwaukee, I got to return to my old haunts in Chicago (where I lived for 6 years) and see my friend Ton S., whose report on the visit you can find here

Here's Ton in his office, where his MP1 is proudly displayed.

The "reveal": I bought his Omega II. Looks just like a Princess, and it's a good typewriter, but it doesn't feel as smooth as the German original. (I sure look like a conehead from this POV!)

Then there was still time for a little typewriter hunting on the road. This rusty and dusty RNP7 for $77.50 was, unfortunately, typical of what I saw.
 A simple UB Royal portable from 1940 had these "suggestions" with it, so I took the opportunity to snap a couple of pictures: 

Here's an Underwood 5 with a familiar-looking printout from my website.

I got home without acquiring any new typewriters. Just as well—if my count is right, I already had 15 16 in the car!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Saturday at the convention

Saturday started with a good swap meet, including rarities and common machines, art by L.A. Marler (who was here with her mom), and typewriters just brought for show and tell.

I sold this Standard Folding to a journalist who's looking forward to displaying it. Someone said that it would be neat if this typewriter could write in the same style as its logo. I agreed that that would be a cool American counterpart to the German Fraktur machines.
 ETCetera editor Ed Neuert holds the world's tiniest Oliver no. 5. (The summer issue of ETCetera should be ready in a couple of weeks.)

FUTURISTIC: George Jetson's favorite typewriter platen!

Gigi Clark gets started on her presentation about teaching typewriters of the 1930s and on: machines with color-coded keyboards, animal keyboards, blank keyboards, etc. In the foreground: two Oliver 7's with consecutive serial numbers.

Mike Campbell spoke on techniques for working with rubber and making new rubber feet.

Peter Kirwan, founder of Collexion, also introduced us to this new website for collectors.

Meanwhile, Professor Typewriter, AKA Herman Price, had devised a challenging quiz. For instance:

High Volume = ?
Slick Willie = ?
blocuiam = ?

All answers are names of typewriters.

The prize for whoever got the most quiz answers right: a one-of-two-kind Lego model of the Travis Typewriter, created by the Professor himself. The winner was a local collector who's been at it for just one month!

There was also a five-minute typing speed contest. Gabe Burbano lugged this Remington electric from New Jersey just so he could type the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners' names on certificates that he had designed himself ...

... and look at its 6-point typeface! Maybe it should be called ... Standard Folding.

As for the typing contest, it was won by this contestant on a KMM who managed to get into the second paragraph of expertly prepared drivel from 1924 quick enough to make up for his numerous typos ...