Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hermes Regent typewriter

PPS: Somehow this didn't occur to me until now, but could the story about the embassy have anything to do with the Ambassador model??

Friday, June 24, 2011

From Russia With Indifference

The Ortekh:

Side by side comparison

Paperwork from the Ortekh:

The primary workers are named on the test sheet: Soboleva, Martinov, and Moiseeva. I have to say the alignment in 1993 was good.

Sloppy Ortekh logo:

The Moskva's psychedelic plastic spool:

Price 110 rubles:

Seen online: an early Moskva with impressive decals.

A later model, which I would guess came between the decal model and my Moskva:

-- And I'd guess that this model came between my Moskva and my Ortekh:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Typewriter Day video

For Typewriter Day -- the holiday celebrated (for the first time today) by typospherians to mark the anniversary of Sholes' patent for the Type Writer -- I've filmed myself typing "Greetings to everyone in the Typosphere!" on an unusual machine. Unfortunately my '99 camcorder chose this moment to malfunction, so this was recorded on an '01 (or so) cheap digital camera. Quality is poor, but you'll get the idea. And you can hear the combination of birdsong and typewriter racket quite nicely.

Saturday, June 18, 2011