Friday 19 April 2013

Baby's new shoes

Baby Hermes without feet
Baby Hermes with foot
Link to Amazon UK - Link to
It is possible to fit these without removing the base from the typewriter but it is a lot easier if you do.

Thursday 18 April 2013

The Typewriter Database

I have been having a play with Ted's Typewriter Database. It is really quite easy to upload assets and make contributions. I just photographed the Lettera illustrated here with it sitting on my knee. I tapped out the serial number and character set, scanned it and created a new gallery through my login.

I have to say, it is LOT more interesting to use than TW-DB and it looks like the serial numbers will be more up-to-date. And this site has a visually rich side to it which TW-DB could never achieve.

Anyone with a typewriter, go for it!

Take a snap of your typewriter
Scan a type sample, this seems to be a conventional layout
Log in to The Typewriter Database
Publicly viewable entry LINK

Tuesday 16 April 2013

Letter from America

Clockwise from left: Broadcasting House [author's own], Alastair Cooke [©BBC], Alastair Cooke [©NBC], Royal QDL [Anabel]

Listen to Alistair Cooke on the assassination of John Lennon

Corrections: Alistair not Alastair (nor Alasdhair). Letter from America was a quarter of an hour, not half.

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Magic fingers

Here's another gem that I found in the document wallet of my Halda Portable. The reason for the D-I-Y template is because Halda produced 47 different keyboard variations for its worldwide markets. Which is good news because it turns the template into something a lot more interesting to look at than just aplain old graphic of a keyboard. This is just one the 16 pages in the A5 manual. I'll be sending a reference copy over to when I get the time.

Sunday 7 April 2013

Type Ritter

Josh Ritter - New Lover - official lyrics video from Josh Ritter on Vimeo.

Video by Erez Horovitz.

Surely, this is what Messrs Scholes and Glidden had in mind.

Spring Typewriter ID challenge?