Wednesday, November 30, 2011
And I also want to say thank you to everyone who has commented, emailed, or otherwise commiserated with me about the Voss - in that sense, it has brought me much joy because I feel so much closer to all of you! We are all in this together - fighting to resuscitate typewriters one at a time, although some need more help than others. Besides, what fun would a blog be if I only had good stories to tell? This one is not over yet, though! It might take a while, but I shall take out the Voss one day and give you all an update. In the meantime, here is to happier stories in December :-)
Sunday, November 27, 2011
These days, I am this guy. Oh, and as if to tempt me, this "Oliver" just appeared on eBay UK...
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
A good look at how the typebars flatten out in the middle and taper at either end of the arc. I should also add that I like the typeface; it might be regular pica-sized, but it's got a little something - the numbers are rather elegant, for example. I also fitted a purple and red ribbon, not that it shows up all that well in the typecast...
Good thing I left this decal alone - it is well-preserved, wouldn't you say? Those feet, though... I have some potential replacements knocking about in a drawer around here; I'll give it a try soon and let you all know how it goes.
There is no bad angle to photograph this Remington Noiseless 7! Here it is right side up...
...and here, upside down. Looks pretty good to me :-).
Ideally I would locate some car wax to really clean and polish it, but we're not doing too badly with just a bit of elbow grease.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Look at that immaculate paint finish! I couldn't be prouder of this thing if I had pulled a Hephaestus and forged it with my bare hands. I made sure to take several pictures before sending it off wistfully. And not without a twinge of regret, but that's ok.
The great thing about Swiss-French keyboards is that some of them inadvertently have a funny emoticon next to the backspace key... can you make it out? By the way, here is the link to the timeline of Hermes Baby evolution on typewriters.ch.
Retro Tech Geneva: We Might* Get It** For You If You'll Pay For Shipping***.
*If you ask nicely and we feel like it :-P
**"It" being the nice finds I sadly leave behind at thrift stores and flea markets. Do note that probability of "It" being a Hermes is quite high - with the occasional Swissa thrown in - and the probability of a QWERTZ keyboard is pretty close to 100%. And I would never want to ship anything bigger than a Hermes 3000! Even a '50s 2000 is cutting it close - those had some hefty boxes.
***Shipping plus the seller's asking price for the typewriter, of course. Current exchange rates apply.