30 Dec 2013

Stencil time

Thought I'd share some of the non-typewritery things I've been working on the past few days. These are some pretty crude examples, but they are my first two attempts. I'm learning as I go and the next ones I make will definitely be better. Lots of fun. :)

The Tacoma one was my second attempt though it looks cruder than the first, "дирижабль". I forgot to leave connections for the insides of the a and o, and I didn't paint it very evenly either.

My little addition to the sanctioned graffiti garages on Broadway:

I have another purpose for these stencils which will be revealed in time, part of a larger project!

29 Dec 2013

Solstice Speedline 2 / Jackalope typing pad / Cheap ribbons

1948 Smith-Corona Silent 4S199318

Jackalope typing pads (sold out, but see for information)

Discount Printer Ribbons (arranged with lowest price first—look for the 3, 4, and 5 packs)

Sent from my new Smith-Corona Silent

24 Dec 2013

The best post office in the world

(In 1974 they had more right to complain than we do now. UPS and FedEx don't have a genuine economy service like the USPS.) Sometimes simple facts are ignored. Love live the United States Postal Service!

Sent from my Montgomery-Ward Escort 66

20 Dec 2013

12 typewriters for sale or trade

Adler J5 / elite / $40 / I removed the body and cleaned it inside and out. / sold

AMC (Japy) / pica / $40 / Only one clasp on the case works. It's quite a clean machine. / sold

Wizard Automatic (Brother) / piclite / $15 / Basically unused, but the type is slightly out of alignment. / sold

Corona Comet De Luxe / elite / $60 / This has seen very little use and was kept very carefully.I bought it to see if I could dethrone my Corona Sterling (flattop) but it didn't quite do it. / sold

Erika Modell 9 / pica / $20 / This looks spectacular, essentially a perfect display piece. The case is in similar condition and it comes with the manual. Its carriage was damaged in shipping from Germany, and though I got it to work, it doesn't type as good as it ought to and the D key is messed up. / sold

The Baby Empire #2574 / pica / $40 / The only Baby Empire known to have this decal. I thoroughly cleaned and oiled it, but the mainspring is broken and some of the less-used keys still need some more degunking. Comes with the original spools but no ribbon. / sold

Olympia SM8 / continental elite / $60 / Both typewriter and case are in mint condition. The platen is like new, and it comes with the original sales slip. / sold

Remington Deluxe Noiseless / pica / $60 / The typewriter and its case are in very good condition. Comes with a good ribbon. / sold

Royal Fleetwood / pica / $20 / I added red felt for sound insulation, you can see it under the keys. (No radio) / sold

Smith-Corona 4AR / elite / $25 / Transition model from 1949. This was my only Speedline, but I've found another older one that now has replaced this in my collection. (to be featured soon!) / sold

Smith-Corona Electric 5TE / pica / $30 / There are a few blemishes to the paint but it works great. I gave the paint a scrubbing. / sold

Underwood Universal Quiet-Tab / pica / $5 / Another basically mint typewriter in appearance that has carriage problems. I replaced a missing ball bearing in the shift mechanism, but the carriage advances very erratically. / sold

If you want any additional photos of these, type samples, or have questions, email me! I am, of course, open to considering reasonable offers. I will add "pending" when I get an interested party, and "sold" when the deal is closed.

The title courtesy of a new set of stamps I bought. Basically the same typeface as my other stamp kit, but half the size and a little more condensed. They're a bit newer than the other set, maybe from the 1920s.

Sent from my Montgomery-Ward Escort 66

18 Dec 2013

My favorite Olivetti

1973 Montgomery-Ward Escort 66 1904895

Never even existed as an Olivetti.

That poor Studio 45 (which I didn't buy)

Sent from my Montgomery-Ward Escort 66