I'm back for a few days in Madrid, the city of my birth and one of my favorite places in the world. Aside from a short stop in the airport 3 years ago, I haven't been here since 1984.
Since it's a Sunday, I went to the Rastro, the street market that sprawls through a good chunk of old Madrid. Hoping to see typewriters, I was not disappointed.
This street poet on a Lettera 22 (or maybe a Pluma 22) asked if I knew California street poet Jacqueline Suskin. Yes! She's in my book.
Some vendors had you know whats for sale.
This Regia was tempting until I figured out that it had been spray painted, and poorly at that.
This French-keyboard Groma had a folding return lever I've never seen before. I suspect it was a later addition.
I almost bought an early Hermes 2000 with Spanish keyboard, offered for €65, but managed to control myself.
Finally I ran into this wonderful little shop that specializes in office antiques.
The owner was very friendly and knows many of the same collectors I do. The shop is at Arganzuela, 29. I recommend it!