Monday, May 26, 2014

Gone finishin'

Here's the book plan, where you're welcome to leave a comment. I'll see it.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I dream Spain-tech

Ton S. of I dream lo-tech was in Cincinnati today and we had a great time. I'm sure he'll provide more details on his blog, but here are a few shots of Ton enjoying some typewriters in my office. He particularly wanted to try my machines from Spain, so here he is testing three products of the small company Talleres Alonso, from Valencia:

1. The Andina Especial 90 (early 1970s)

2. The Talbos (early 1960s)

3. The Junior 58 (1958)

Which do you think he liked the best? Don't jump to conclusions...

Friday, May 16, 2014

underwood FIVE

The right-hand carriage release lever has an interesting paddle shape. Next to it, notice the vestigial remnant of a little hook/handle found on all Underwood frames, back to the model no. 1.

The ribbon covers slide away to reveal the ribbons:

This ribbon mechanism is essentially the one used on noiseless portables and later Remingtons:

The front panel easily pops off. Note that the bell is now on the right; for decades it was located on the left.

Here you can glimpse two plastic gears. The one deep inside the typewriter is part of the tabulator brake, and is a little cracked. The closer one connects to a ball chain, an unusual thing to find in a typewriter.

Underwood family reunion (older models)