Since Steven heard about me through the spring type-in, I thought it would be perfect turn to give his donated typewriters away at the fall type-in. I will need to work on the Royal as it is suffering from a bit of rust. But, as you can see by the type sample below, the Remington Super-Riter is in fine shape even after years of sitting in storage! Make your plans to come up to Burlington on September 27th so you can win one of these beauties!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I am excited to announce that I will be giving two typewriters away at the September 27th Type-In in Burlington, VT. As luck would have it, Steven Herbert read about the spring type-in through Vermont's Seven Days newspaper and contacted me about finding a good home for his father's two typewriters.
Monday, August 17, 2015
I have been continuing my search for typewriters in "the wild." I just came back from a fantastic trip with my family to New Mexico and the southern tip of Utah (Arches & Canyonlands National Parks). My wife and daughter were tolerant enough to let me stop at the GoodWill in Santa Fe with the promise that I would take charge of bringing a typewriter back on the plane as carry on luggage. I never found a portable but did find a Royal FP in Santa Fe that looked to be in great shape but it was way too heavy to carry on a plane. It's a shame because I had fantasies of re-painting a Smith Corona Super 5 in southwestern colors. Back at home, I did come across a very interesting Royal Flatbed in Heidi Harvey's shop Seasoned Antiques. She was nice enough to let me take a picture which I took home to do a bit of typewriter research. The machine turns out to be either a Royal 1 or a Royal 5 - one of the earliest of the Royal line. I wish I had gotten a shot of its front so I could have identified it by its label. The machine needed work but was in pretty good shape with the carriage sluggishly moving as I typed on the space bar. I'll leave this machine for you to find in Waterbury, Vermont as the price was higher than my $5 - $10 target and the machine would need more caring than I knew I could provide. Still, pretty nice example of a very early Royal!
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
I am excited to announce that Vermont's second type-in will be held on September 27th from 1-5PM at the Maglianero Cafe on Maple Street in Burlington, VT. This type-in will be part of the Burlington Book Festival and will feature typewriter expert Richard Polt who will join us via video conference to discuss his forthcoming book The Typewriter Revolution. I encourage you to put a new ribbon in your old typewriter and bring it down to this fun event!