Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
I'm a graphic designer by profession and, though you'd never guess, fonts are my stock in trade. I have to admit never giving much thought to the fonts used on typewriters. Even now, I wouldn't have a clue how to identify the fonts on any machine I own but I'm sure further digging in the Typosphere would help. There's a lot of enthusiasm among some typerati for certain fonts - just recently schordzi's industrial archaeology resurrected Spencerian. Blazing a trail from analogue obsolescence to a bright, if contraversial, digital future. So, I thought readers might be interested in this book. I read Just My Type a few months ago and thought it was really interesting and would make a good primer for anyone with a developing interest in typefaces, the thinking behind them and the use - and misuse - to which they are put. Typewriters, Dymo and Letraset (remember Letraset?) all get a mention in passing, but the book concentrates mostly on printers' fonts, from Guttenberg to the present day. If you haven't read it, you can download a publisher's sample here. [3.6Mb pdf]
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
Thursday, 24 March 2011
I spent part of today working on some post cards for a client, Fundraising Training Ltd.. That's right, printed cards - not everything happens online - some people call it 'marketing collateral'. One of their courses is The Art of Persuasive Writing and I had to come up with a character-driven set of images, of which this is one...
|Boris the robot with his machine-made words|
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
Is there any virtue in rigorously blogging daily? The word 'journal' implies daily, but web-log? The measurement from a trailing ship's log would have been measured at least twice daily - the original rolling news? No log - no way of knowing how fast you are travelling. Unimportant in itself, but essential to know your whereabouts. Yikes, 2 minutes to go...
|Many boats have something like this screwed to the bottom - even carbon-fibre racing shells. This one would have been thrown over the side several times a day.|
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Anyone know where I can get replacement ribbon for a Blick Universal/Klein Adler? Because of the horizontal striking action, and being a three-bank, the type-head depth calls for a 3/4" ribbon. Is this unique to this machine? Was 3/4" the Betamax of Golden Age Saxony? I re-inked this ribbon with a tube of ballpoint ink with some success - but it is perforated and becoming thread-bare.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
Encouraged by The Reverend Ted Munk's investigation into the typewriters of Cronenberg's The Naked Lunch, I looked up the machine a ecrire which led Antoine Doinel astray in Truffaut's Les 400 coups (1959).
|© Les Films du Carrosse|
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
I can't remember who it was in the last few weeks who raised an eyebrow, possibly both, at the idea of:
- Being remotely interested in typewriting
- Assuming anybody else would be
Then Check this out.
Pretty recent too.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Monday, 7 March 2011
Here's an oil can which arrived in the lid of a Corona 4. The oil in it has a fragrant eucalyptus scent. Over-oiling was the curse of many a typewriter. It congeals to a sticky mess over the decades. The flat-ended applicator bodkin is meant to administer the smallest of drops. Looks like a mini-dipstick.
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Phil Hazlewood writes: MUMBAI, Wednesday 23 February 2011 - Purushottan H. Sakhare perches on a wall by a Mumbai pavement, slips a sheet of green paper behind the roller of his battered typewriter and winds it into position with two deft flicks of the wrist.
Friday, 4 March 2011
Thursday, 3 March 2011
|Nancy made a bee-line for The Good Companion|
Unless I find a typewriter under the bed or in a cupboard, and until the next one comes along, I've done taking photos. If you enjoy looking at this collection, please comment and share a link. Surprised it only came to 22 machines. Here's my wish list - keep your eyes open and drop me a note if you stumble upon any of the following:
- Oliver 3 or 5
- Anything in bakelite
- 1970's Olivetti Valentine
- Hermes 3000 (curvy, like this one)
- Corona 4 in Lavender and Rose Gold
- Blickensderfer 6 (featherweight)
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
|Blick Universal under the spotlight|
Only half a dozen or so more machines to photograph and upload:
- Corona Junior
- Corona 3
- Antares Parva (from 1960s Italy)
- Underwood 4-bank in hnd painted brown (yuk)
- Remington Home Portable
- Remington Rand Model 1
- Remington Portable Model 5 (streamline)
- Imperial Good Companion (from Leicester)
- Corona 4 (the organ donor)