Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Handyman's special

It needs a little elbow grease, this misbegotten mashup of a Hermes and a harp, this typer with a schnozz, this thing of wonder, this Sholes Visible. It's not dead -- we have carriage tension -- but it's in Intensive Care.

I'll be posting more pictures as I gradually go about restoring it.




12 comments:

  1. Wow. Where the hell did you find this... misbegotten mashup of a Hermes and a harp??? DId it cost you an arm and a leg?

    My gut feel is that the operation will be a success.

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    1. It was on the 'Bay, and sold for less than four figures, which was surprisingly low for one of these machines. Recently a few of them seem to have been coming out of the woodwork.

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  2. Simply amazing. A huge congratulations to you, good sir. Although a little worn (yes, a LITTLE), she is quite a beauty and I cannot wait to see how it turns out once you have worked your magic. I, like everyone else, will be expecting a typecast from this beastie as soon as it has a pulse.
    Congratulations again!

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  3. Congratulations! You have one big project ahead of you. The typewriter looks like a very interesting one. I have never seen one before. Best of everything on its restoration. I can hardly wait to see the result.

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  4. It´s a beautiful machine and very rare (I never seen one like this). When you finish the restoration I know it will looks great

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  5. Just a light dust and it will be as right as rain. Actually, was it stuck in the rain? Pretty cool, none-the-less!

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  6. That beast is amazing! I'm glad you know what you are doing. I would take one look at this on a workbench and cry like a little chimp.

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  7. What a fantastic design! What year is it? Pre-XX-century?

    I love the industrial look of its design, with the exposed gears and mechanisms... I agree with everyone, I'd love to see more as you restore it! Congratulations on the find!

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    1. It is 20th century, barely -- it seems to have been introduced in 1901.

      Will Davis on this machine

      Sholes Visible at the Virtual Typewriter Museum

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  8. I hope to see video of this one in action, it looks really cool!

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    1. Thanks. If I get it working properly, I promise to shoot some video. I think I can do it, but it's going to take plenty of time.

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  9. Wauw, a very special machine; congratulations! And yes, please, once you've blown the dust away, make a video of how it works!

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