Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's worth it

The basement corner where I play typewriter repairman is looking a bit chaotic these days. I'd better get it straightened up, because finding tools and parts on a messy work table can be hard. I've recently had to deal with some slippery and inaccessible screws and springs ...

... but it's all very worthwhile, especially the repair work I do for the community. 
This card brings that point home. It made my day!

(Don't forget to take the Perfect Typewriter survey if you haven't yet. 
The poll will close on Saturday morning and I plan to post the results later that day.)

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Victor adding machine

This is one of the most beautiful machines I picked up in Greensburg, Indiana recently. I already had a '60s Victor adder I'd found at the thrift store (my daughter and I had lots of fun playing store with it years ago), but I had been coveting a Deco version like this.

It's gorgeous from every angle.

The top of the machine makes me think of a temple, or a fabulous "Metropolis"-style skyscraper top.

For those who may not be familiar with operating such a machine, here are the basic instructions. This model is designed to add numbers with two decimal places up to 9999.99 (which is usually all that an individual or small business would need when dealing with money). You input numbers by pushing down the appropriate key in each column; for a zero, don't press any key at all. Then pull down the crank to enter the number into the machine's mechanical memory and print it on the paper.

When you're ready to add all the numbers, pull down the "T" switch to the right of the VICTOR logo, and pull the crank. The total is printed (with "T" next to it) and the machine is reset to zero.

You may also want to see a subtotal, which does not zero out the machine. For that, you push the same switch upwards and pull the crank, which will print a subtotal with an "S" next to it.

The switch to the left of the VICTOR logo is pushed up for subtraction, and pushed down for repeat addition. There is no direct multiplication function, but if you wanted to multiply 34 x 21 you could push down the repeat switch, enter 31, and pull the crank 21 times.

Here's the printout for the following calculation:

34.22 + 1001.88 - 87.03 = subtotal 949.07
+ 8888.55 = total 9837.62

Meanwhile, in other news, this is probably the sorriest typewriter ever donated to WordPlay.
Anyone need parts from a 1941 Woodstock?