Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Last Day of ITAM

Sent from my stubborn Hammond Multiplex.  Not bad for nearly 100 years old.

I spent most of my day working on my taxes and thinking of how can I do something for the last day of ITAM.  For some silly reason I thought of an old simple-silly song from way back in my radio days, The Second Week of Deer Camp by Da Yoopers.  Somehow I could not think of how to make and ITAM verse rhyme the way it should even though the metre could make it fit.

I also thought I'd get to my parts machines.  I do have some parts promised, but I wanted to post them here.  Keep watching.  One day soon I will post them.

For's back to making the IRS happy.

P.S. Please visit Claudia's blog.

Claudia Has A New Blog -- Claudia's Tappy Typewriters

Just thought I'd share this for those readers not in the Yahoo! group.

Claudia Tan is a typewriter collector and typist in Singapore.

Claudia's Tappy Typewriters

I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Appreciating Typewriters at Work

The reactions of fellow employees to their engineering manager using a typewriter is worth the effort of using a typewriter at an electronics company.  I think I'm expected to do everything with a computer.....

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I.T.A.M. 2015

Photo from ad.  Is this thing damaged or will it be fine?  Turns out it was and is fine.

Hermes 3000.8
I hope to post more on my adventures with the Oliver typewriters as well as some of our week end getaways.  Plenty of photos and enough to type for a few posts if I take the time to do them.

We've been back out to the local parks and wildlife preserves enjoing summer weather while most of the rest of North America is burried in snow or shivering from sub-zero temperatures.  Know what?  I miss both (except on the firegound or responding to emergencies on ice-covered roads).

Summer here is worse than the times where the tempereature was below zero F for a month or more and we got dumping after dumping after dumping of snow in accumulations of 12 or more inches at a time.  I'd take off with my backpack, tent, and snow shoes and go camping.  More work than in the summer, but no bugs.

Really, I do like the spring-time weather the best.  Shirt and shorts weather, no bugs, and Mrs. M can go along.  If we were still in the North she'd be pretty much stuck indoors.  I guess there are advantages and disadvantages to almost any locality.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

More Typewriters - Including another Hermes 3000

On my desk, but I forgot to take down the white background I used for the close-ups. The can with the wires on it behing my mug is one of the capacitors we make.

Tthis machine looked new except for a few scratches on the back.

The usual missing platen knobs.

The right knob from a first generation works fine.

The only ink is from me using the typewriter.  This is what the slugs looked like when I opened the cover!

I did a quick typecast after I took the photos.  It is a very good typer for a square body H3k.  I like the action of the round ones better, but this one is not as mushy as my other square ones.

Plenty of room to store the typewriter.

Christmas present to myself.  Works fine and looks great. SN 863309, 1955?

Top view of my Oliver no. 5. SN341590, 1912?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hermes 3000 Director Elite and A Happy New Year

I'm awash in H3k machines.  The latest addition makes 7 in my collection surpassing my Skyriters!

This shows the one and only small blemish on the entire machine.  Can you find it?

Before cleaning.

After cleaning

It even came with both brushes

Taken before cleaning.  Dates the typewriter to 1964

This is where I work.  My new job came complete with my own lab.
 It's fun enjoying a job.  I do not think any are as rewarding as when I was a firefighter.  Lowe's was a fun place, and I had another job or two in retail I liked, but none come close to broadcasting or teaching.  Sears service department was nice too.  What I like about my present job; it is quite a bit like working at a radio station.  I've got some cool projects I'm working on including new products and machines as well as adding a few more engineers and technicians.  I have music in the lab too, and one day I plan on installing a nice stereo and a typewriter.  I need a typewriter.  Perhaps one of my Royal HHs.

Here's a link to a tour.