Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Hound and the Fox

Here is my fourth post to Joe Van Cleave's typewriting project.  His prompt was to write about that old pangram: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.  Having two hound dogs myself, this was pretty fun!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Joe Van Cleave Writing Assignment #3: The Hangout

Joe Van Cleave's typewritten assignments continue to have great responses.  Here is my assignment number three describing my childhood hangout.  It was typed on my Olympia SM8. I think I am turning into an Olympia man!

As a technical aside, I am playing around with photographing my typed page.  I get excellent results when I scan my page with the photocopier at school but I have no scanner at home.  I have trouble with getting shadows in my image when I lay it down on a table to take a photo.  Today I taped my page to the wall so I could photograph it straight on.  Still not perfect but I like the results  a little more.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July 5th Typewriter Safari: Burlington, VT

I found myself with a little extra time in Burlington, one of my favorite Vermont cities so I set off for some typewriter hunting.  I came home empty handed but it was fun to check out my typewriter hunting ground. 

My first stop was at the Champlain Valley Antique Center which is actually down the road in Shelburne. I found a Smith-Corona Secretarial in excellent shape for $45.

I also found the book that would have taught anyone to be an excellent secretary.

Next it was down to Pine Street in the artistic South End of Burlington.  I found this Underwood (Remington) Noiseless in need of a full restoration for $45.

I also found this "last gasp" Smith-Corona electric for $59.

I rounded up my trip at Anjou, an upscale antique shop on Burlington's Main Street.  This was the first ABC 2000s I had ever seen. A little internet research tells me that it was probably made in the early 1070's in Portugal.  I think it is the same machine as the Sears Malibu. With an all plastic body and no cover, it was certainly not worth the $79 they were asking for it.  Just another example of how fickle typewriter prices can be.  This is the same shop where I purchased a gloss black Smith-Corona Speedliner a while back for $40.  It pays to know your machines and know where to hunt for them!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Typewriter Safari: Worcester, MA

I've made many trips to Worcester, MA to visit my recent college graduate daughter. We like to go to Birchtree Bread Company for lunch and visit the Crompton Collective vintage shops in the basement of an old mill building on Green Street.  I walked away with a brownie from the bakery but no typewriters that day.  Which one might you have taken home?
A fun little shop in Worcester.

Nice Galaxie Deluxe for $40

It didn't travel too far to get to Worcester.

Post-War Royal QDL without a case and loose felt under the type slugs for $45.

Brother aka Webster from the mid 1960's for $92
Pre-War Royal KMM for $110.
Olivetti-Underwood Lettera 22 for $75.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Think With a Typewriter - Joe Van Cleave Writing Post #2

Joe Van Cleave's second writing prompt asks us in the typosphere a familiar question. Why use a typewriter?Since I spoke about editing with a typewriter, I included a clip of my first draft below my "final copy."

First Draft

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Typewriter Assignment #1 The Typewriter Speaks

Joe Van Cleave's Blog is a creative source of typewriter information and whimsy.  He is currently running a writing project for typewriter enthusiasts. Here is my first assignment from this project:

Friday, June 23, 2017

Typewriter Day Interview

I celebrated World Typewriter Day  being interviewed by Todd Moe at North Country Public Radio.  It was a lot of fun and he put together a nice little interview.  You can listen to the interview at THIS LINK.
That's me in my office at school with some of my collection.