Friday, June 8, 2012

Royal Signet & KeeLox Blue Silk Ribbon

 Once again I noticed some words without spaces and some other things I wanted to mark before scanning and my feeble brain was not able to recall that until after I made this post.  I hope every one can understand my typos.  A New Year Resolution still not attained.

For those who never saw a city number and state, this was before zip codes.
 I do not know what was done in the U.S. Post Office before the zones for major cities.  The cities were the only places that had delivery zones.  These zones were replaced by the 5 digit zip code which has now been replaced by the 5 plus 4 digit code.  Most people do not use the second group of 4 numbers and it seems the delivery works just fine without them.  With automated sorting we will soon be forced into using them.  The 5 + 4 code has been around for about 20 years, but seldom used.  Well there are many more things in the Postal Specification.  Most people do not use 90% of it, but I found by using it packages do arrive faster.

This is Hermes 3000 #2 partially assembled with a test sheet in it. 
 This machine types nice, especially not having the bottom plate on it.  The towel does interfere with some things.  It probably affects the keys a bit also.

Sorry for the poor focus on some of these.  Lighting is not too good in the shop (which is part of my garage).  I free- handed these rather than setting up my tripod or lights or both.

The Hermes project is really progressing much easier than I thought it would.  The proof will be when everything is assembled and the typewriter works.

Then I plan to tackle a pair of Noiseless Model 7 machines.  One needs cleaning and one needs some minor repairs and a draw cord.  Speaking of which...I changed my first one today on an Olivetti Studio 44.  I used monofiliment for fishing since I was at work on my lunch hour and I had some in my truck. 

I never changed one on an Olivetti anything and I was surprised how easy this one was to replace.  I hope to be adding this machine to my collection when I finish cleaning and adjusting it.  This was one of those Ebay "every thing works fine, all the keys work and none stick".  Well, I will go into detail when I post on the Studio 44 sometime in the next year. 


  1. Interesting post! Had no idea about the history of zip codes / postal zones. "Postal Zones." Sounds like places where people are allowed to "go postal." Zip codes seem much tamer. :)

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    1. Makes me wonder about the Pelikan ribbons I bought. They were silk, packed in the original packaging, newer and very dry.