London Type-In no. 1
25 July 2013
It was my pleasure to meet the creative and articulate Rob Bowker in the flesh. After checking out the vintage shops of Shoreditch we headed for antiques day at Spitalfields Market.
This booth included quite a few typewriters. The seller told us he finds them in many places and they go to many buyers, young and old, for £35-100 apiece. Today he had a Smith-Corona Corsair, a Remington Super-Riter, an Empire Aristocrat, an Olympia Splendid, and a Tippa S.
Another booth had this classic Imperial Good Companion
(by appointment to HRH the late King George VI). Model 2?
Then it was time for a pub and a couple of pints of Timothy Taylor's Landlord.
We each brought a shiny green ultraportable.
Rob's Antares Parva has the nicest, glossiest finish I've ever seen on this model, and it can type a pilcrow (¶)!
My favorite moment came when this lad politely approached us and tried his
hand at the Kolibri. He was a good typist, too!
And here's the three-author text I carried away as a souvenir.
Forgive the incoherence of my notes on Rob's quite coherent spoken thoughts.
Rob, thanks for great conversation and a good time. I look forward to our next meeting.