Friday, April 11, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Corona 3

The flap that lowers to remove / replace the typewriter was torn.  2 layers of Gaffer's tape repaired it.

First thought was a heat shrink covered platen.

Closer examination showed a recovered platen.  I like the blue.

Included in the case was an instruction book, cleaning brush, and oiler with oil.
I found the following start of a typecast in my blue TP 2 when I got it out of its case to type yesterday.
Last week after doing some work in the yard I took a break and was watching carpenter bees and along came Jones...Slow walking Jones, Jones and Jones and Jones.  Well, I do not know what kind of birds these are, but they strolled right down the street like they owned the place and knew where they wanted to go.  Debbie followed on behind and followed them around the corner and up the next street.  The decided to take the canal.  Debbie just watched.

I think I will name them Curly, Larry & Moe.

 I thought I would type a bit after I finished mowing, As stated in the above typecast from yesterday, plans changed.

No typewriters in the local GoodWill store, but I did find this for $4.99.
I wonder Ted, can the A570 be hacked to do infrared ?

Notice my machine has the Pounds Sterling symbol instead of the $ symbol?

This also arrived in the mail this week. Inside I found it was printed in 1899.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Windows XP is about to die yet my Olympia SM9 Keeps On Typing & Olympia Typefaces never get obsolete

Enjoy the catalog.  I'll get a .pdf to the Typewriter Database in a few days.

Anyone ever see an SM9 that looks like an SM7?  In fact, if you look at the small photo in the corner it looks like a Monica (no tabulator). 

My SM9 with Professional Elite #41 listed in the ad above as Technical Elite #41, a different name for the U.S.A.?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Ides of March and quite a bit going on.

I reached the end of the paper and still had things to write.  I decided to cheat and do the remainder on line.

Sorry for my typos once again.  As I typed I got more into my music. 

I added more vinyl to my collection over the past week or two.  It all started when I found some U.S. Army Band LPs that were unopened and they were from when my Uncle was the assistant conductor.  I played them this morning.

Then as my usual self changed to the Pipes which eventually took me to Circa Paleo and the Hot Violinist.  I normally play Bluegrass, but today I gravitated to a different genre.  The day will probably finish with listening to one of my old stations where I worked that still airs Bluegrass or I'll stream German Volksmusik.

I'd love to attend a concert with only The Hot Violinist and Mairead Nesbitt of Celtec Women & Charlie Daniels.  They are 3 of the best ever fiddlers I've ever heard.  I had a friend in the Opry who was really good, but I doubt his playing comes close to these three.

No time to get the Nikkormat or any of my cameras out yet even though the weather is great. (77F/25C, sunny & clear)  I have to get the taxes finished and do more work on our move.  Hopefully we will be able to find a house and move by summer. 

Here is a link to the Calumet post on My Vintage Cameras.

And this is the Facit spring:
Same spring on TP1 and the left is different from the right as they are wound 180 deg. from each other.  They break very very very easily when trying to remove them -- even with small tweezers.
Linux applications are getting too much Windoze-like for me.  I loaded the latest GIMP and like windoze stuff like PhotoShop it now requires hours and hours of relearning the crappy changes only for the sake of change so I tired of looking for highlighting tools and post only the photo of the spring without highlighting and text.  Funny how I thought of a post on Change, but I chose not to go into a tirade because that is what it would be.  I like change when it is for good, to make something easier, faster, better, but 99% of what is happening with software in the past few years sucks, and that is as polite as I can be.  If I did not write code and if I did not learn from the start to write concise easy to follow code that is not a memory hog and have an intuitive interface to the real world I may feel differently.  I do those as far back as 10 years ago many of the engineers and programmers coming out of college I had as interns never had an inkling of what I just stated.  It has gotten worse.

Well, this is also the last day of Bike Week.  Next week will be much less traffic and no traffic jams and frequent accidents.  Too many people who drive cars do not watch for motorcycles.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Typewriter Carrying Case Handles

Serial number starts with E signifying it is a Signet E2126.
First try on a Skyriter

Second one, Underwood.  As I got this one out after typing the post I noticed at some time I redid the end of this handle too.

This is the final handle for the Signet.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Milepost

When I started to type I thought the TP2 was finished.  That was until the ribbon would not automatically reverse.

I found this folded and tucked into the pouch on the inside of the carrying case.  I think this officially finished the TP2.
After I finished the first part of today's post I sat at the Facit and typed anything I could think of and tried all kinds of things to see what else is going to stop working on this typewriter.  So far only the margin release does not work correctly.  It did earlier.  It no longer works.  I think it may be the stronger spring I placed on the bell ringer.  I do not like the silent bells on either of my Facits.  They are more silent than the bell on my Remington Noiseless Model 7.
I have several European typewriters and none of them have a decent sounding bell.  Hermes may be the loudest, but those still fall short of the American made machines, even Skyriters.

I was surprised to find a typewriter cover for the TP2.  I don't think it will get much use as I only leave the Underwood Rhythm Touch out.  I wish I had a cover for that one.  I have one for each of my Royal HHs. 

Let the Insurgency live least until the next milestone 100k,  Long Live the Insurgency.