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Off-Topic » I don't know where to say thank you » 11-10-2018 12:14:26

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Congratulations! They say everyone has a book in him/her; this seems like something that you, with your obvious expertise on a specialized topic, were indeed the right person to write.

Just curious -- how long ago did you starting writing it? Sounds like it was a great process for you. 

Portable Typewriters » Hermes 3000 vs Olympia SM9 » 28-9-2018 14:07:12

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Post #2 above describes the SM8 well. Both the SM9 and SM8 are metal -- the ribbon cover is painted alloy, aluminum I think.

Portable Typewriters » Hermes 3000 vs Olympia SM9 » 28-9-2018 10:09:20

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Someone else mentioned the hardened platen on the Hermes. Another "feature" of the Hermes is the fact that the platen knobs can be very brittle and break. And since they are molded onto the platen shaft, replacing them is very difficult. No such problems with the SM9, or problems of any kind, for that matter. (And the SM8 is a good alternative, but actually may be harder to find.) There are many times when I'm using one of these Olympias that I wonder why I'd need any other typewriter.

The Hermes seems to come with a real price premium, while an SM9 is much less expensive, in my experience.

You also asked about typeface -- there are some who love script, but I think you'll fund it a real chore to actually read. Do not go that route if you are planning to do writing (as opposed to sending the occasional note).

Maintenance & Repairs » Underwood 150 carriage won't advance » 24-9-2018 09:00:10

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Does the carriage slide back and forth freely when you push the carriage release or the tabulator? Do the keys strike when you type, or are they blocked from making contact with the ribbon/platen? Does the space bar work, or does it feel like it's impeded in some way?
 

The World of Typewriters » New Melissa McCarthy Movie -- Typewriters! » 18-9-2018 16:24:19

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I saw an ad in the New York Times for her forthcoming movie, "Can You Ever Forgive Me?", which is a true story about a woman who forged letters from famous persons. The ad showed her surrounded by typewriters -- a couple of Super Speeds, an Underwood 5, and others, each with the name of the famous person associated with that typewriter. (You want to consistent if the letters are supposed to be coming from the same person.) It opens in November, I think.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can_You_Ever_Forgive_Me%3F_(film)

Maintenance & Repairs » Help to reassemble lock on travel case for my typewriter » 17-9-2018 11:06:49

Fleetwing
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Well done, Martinus! This should be posted somewhere where people can find it easily -- I expect a lot of locks work in a similar way, so this is quite helpful.

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 15-9-2018 15:12:50

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Trapezoidal like a Singer sewing machine -- maybe an Olivetti Studio 44. Nice machine.

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 14-9-2018 20:47:57

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Welcome, Sam! You must get some typewriters passing through your shop on a regular basis.

Those Coronas are nice machines, and handsome as well. I got a chuckle from the Febreze comment. Set it out in the sun for a while to air it out.

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 14-9-2018 16:03:38

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I just got a Hermes Baby myself, locally. The Craigslist description indicated a German keyboard; the picture looked more like it was a Swiss QWERTZ keyboard (French/German). Either would have been interesting. Turns out it's a Czech keyboard, with all those neat letters with diacritical marks. Unfortunately, they take up keyboard space, so there are compromises: No parentheses; no apostrophe; no semicolon. Also, no Q (though q is there; it's paired with the "section" character). The parentheses is a loss; the semicolon can be worked around easily enough (type a colon then backspace and type a comma). One of the diacritical marks has what looks like an accent; it's on a dead key along with a circumflex. So I can approximate the apostrophe, though it looks odd. I guess I can add a line to an O to get the Q, or just avoid words that begin with Q. 

I like the feel of this machine. There are a few sticky keys but they are loosening up, and the typing feel is crisp. The platen is in nice shape. It's a 1943-44, and in pretty good condition overall. I had to do some forming of the line spacing lever, and also the rest on which the shift lock perches, since it caused the capitals to print too high. The H is missing from the screened Hermes on the top of the machine, but it's pretty clean otherwise. The cover could stand the Scrubbing Bubbles treatment. Seems to work in all respects; even the ribbon (on the proper spools!) has plenty of life in it. The seller told me it was her uncle's; he brought it home from Europe after WW II. Maybe he got a deal on it because of the unusual keyboard.

My French and German isn't really good enough to understand the manuals that are available online, but I was able to determine that the machine has both 1 and 2 line spacing. No markings on the machine to show the positions, though. I found an English language manual at Richard Polt's site for the Featherweight, and it told me how to do the variable line spacing. I'm not sure I would have

Type Talk » New York Times Article » 12-8-2018 14:43:24

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Nice note! Yes, it sounds like your mom was a real "pro." Regarding the Selectric, you may have perfectly described her issue with it. It seems to type fast, but I can see how you'd get ahead of the ball head, which can be disorienting. Same thing happens with the electronic machines, with the print wheels.

And you seem to have a thing for Skyriters! I got one in the spring (British made) and it's very nice, I have to say.

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