I stopped by California Typewriter in Berkeley recently. It was nice to see Carmen Permillion, shown here with her recently acquired namesake, a '20s Carmen typewriter from Germany.
I also got to meet Herb Permillion (Carmen's father) and filmmaker Doug Nichol.
No photos of them, sorry, but here is the setup Doug used to interview me for his forthcoming documentary.
Yes, another typewriter documentary! And it looks like it's shaping up to be a great one. California Typewriter will be a major focus, but Doug has also interviewed many collectors, celebrities (including Tom Hanks), and other typewriter lovers, in many locations. He promises us a visually rich experience.
Doug also wanted to film me inspecting the typewriters on the shelves in the shop, and I was happy to comply. I just wish I could have spent the whole day playing with the machines on sale.
Here's a particularly interesting one, a Continental with a Croatian (?) keyboard and a typeface that looks much like Royal's famous "Vogue."
I'll keep you posted on any developments with the documentary either here or on Welcome to the Typosphere.