Saturday, September 10, 2016

Paying the Bills

I have been collecting a lot of typewriters lately and a few of them are for sale like this lovely pre-war Corona
I enjoy both collecting and selling machines.  The buyer is always so happy to have a typewriter in their life.  And I enjoy using the profits to add that special machine to my collection.  You can see what I have available at THIS LINK.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fall Type-In and the Boston Typewriter Orchestra

I am excited to be partnering with the Burlington Book Festival to hold my fall Type-In.  We will be at the Fletcher Free Library in beautiful Burlington, Vermont from noon until 3pm on September 18th.  There will be lots of typewriters to explore and you are encouraged to bring your own to show as well.

I am doubly excited to have connected the festival with the Boston Typewriter Orchestra who will be performing on the evening of September 17th along with a guest appearance of public radio's Martha Barnette co-host of  "A Way With Words."  Follow this link for tickets and more information.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Typing in NYC

This post comes from my dorm room at Columbia University Teacher's College where six of my principal colleagues and I are taking an exciting and exhausting seminar on teaching reading.  I brought my Skyriter along to type on the road and have been using it for reading reflections.  We have a chance to get out each evening and tonight we went on the Highline in NYC.  I left the Skyriter back at the dorm.  As portable as it is, I was not about to carry it around the city on a muggy summer evening!  As luck would have it we ran into Bill Keys, The Poem Guy who typed a poem for us on the importance of reading.  Thanks to my friend Mike Berry for making this video and the rest of my colleagues for their time and encouragement!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

1942 Remington Mill

This machine is really in pretty good shape with just a few sticky keys.  The ribbon reverse mechanism must be dirty because the ribbon will not advance unless I hold the directional level by hand (They stick out on the side of these Model 5 machines).  I plan to take the shell off of this typewriter at some future date so I can address the grime and surface rust on some of the mechanisms.  I am wondering what to do about the rust that shows through the paint.  I will certainly not be re-painting the machine as I would never want to spoil the Navy decals.  Any suggestions would be welcome in the comments.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Little Typers

I am falling a bit behind on my typewriter news so I thought I'd share a fun mini type-in I had earlier this month.  The library next to my school invited me to be a guest reader for story hour.  I picked Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin of course!  The kids and I had a great time.  I learned that three year-olds talk and walk around while listening to a story.  The typewriters held their attention more than the story!