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Typewriter Paraphernalia » What kind of paper are you using? » 30-8-2016 11:39:43

malole
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I did a few tests with water and coffee today, and the Ryman paper is definitely more absorbant than the printer paper, so if you spill coffee on your pages, by the time you've found something to mop it up with, it will have soaked in quite well. The up side of that should be an improved uptake of ink in typing. Though I can't see the difference with a new ribbon.

Typewriter Paraphernalia » What kind of paper are you using? » 29-8-2016 16:52:22

malole
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Up close, the Ryman paper has some differences. I asked my 16 year old to do a blind feel test, and the printer paper had a more 'greasy' feel to her, while I found that the Ryman paper had a more velvet surface texture. Up at the window, there was a visible difference in the pattern of the pulp, with the Ryman paper having a more scattered appearence, while the printer paper had more parallel alignment of the pulp, with very faint lines. The Ryman paper seems to stand up to being typed on better than my cheap printer paper, with far fewer raised areas on the reverse of the paper so far. I haven't tried it on all my machines! Tomorrow I am going to do some folding, ripping, and crumpling tests, and some tests with liquids, to see how a manuscript with spilt beverage on it would fare. The longevity of the printed page is going to be interesting too. It would be nice to have some choice in weight of the Typewriter paper,  80gsm is pretty good for everyday typing but I prefer a 90gsm. Still, it's typewriter paper! I think its encouraging that Rymans think there are enough typewriter users to merit this line of paper in the UK.

Typewriter Paraphernalia » What kind of paper are you using? » 28-8-2016 04:51:35

malole
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I recently found some typewriter paper from a UK supplier. It seems pretty good, though I haven't done a proper compare and contrast test yet. http://www.ryman.co.uk/ryman-bond-typing-paper-a4-80gsm-100-sheets

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Purple typewriter ribbons » 13-7-2016 03:14:50

malole
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Thanks, typewriterman!  The image in my mind of offices run with typewriters is definitely coming into focus thanks to this thread and all the other info people share here.

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Purple typewriter ribbons » 12-7-2016 05:23:37

malole
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Does anyone know what specific uses coloured ribbons were originally used for? Was it just down to the personal taste or choice of the typist, as to how she would decide to colour-code her documents, or was there a widely accepted rule for colours? (I thought I saw mention of it somewhere, but can't find it now.)  I occasionally see unusual coloured ribbons installed in obviously long-neglected machines for sale and it makes me very curious.

Type Talk » Which Font, or Typeface, Do You Like the Best/Hate the Worst? » 10-6-2016 15:30:33

malole
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Typeface and or character set is definitely the deciding factor for me, though I have really run out of space to store them. So I love anything that isn't the regular "courier type" typeface, though there are subtle variations in that, too, and I am fond of the pica type on my Remington portable 2. And I like the variations in numbers.
My least favourite at the moment in my collection in terms of type is the pica on my lettera 22 though I love the machine itself.

 

Parts » FS - free Remington 10 spools » 10-6-2016 15:22:07

malole
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Thank you, thetypewriterman! I wonder why they were in a Remington tin?
So, Royal 10 spools 100 years young! Still up for grabs, if anyone in the UK would like them.

Parts » FS - free Remington 10 spools » 10-6-2016 10:54:31

malole
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Not having either a Royal 10 or a Remington 10 I don't know! They came out of a Remington tin, with unused ribbon on, wrapped in waxy paper... If anyone (in the UK) thinks they will fit their machine, let me know

Parts » FS - free Remington 10 spools » 10-6-2016 06:22:16

malole
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If anyone in the UK has a Remington 10 in need of spare spools, I have two (empty) looking for a new home. They both say "Right" on the underside, and have the tilting lever. They are new-old stock longing for a spin after all these years...
http://i621.photobucket.com/albums/tt299/typetheclouds/remington%2010%20spools_zps4ykfvmaj.jpg


 

Type Talk » How to politely tell a seller their item is over-priced? » 15-4-2016 14:28:49

malole
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Did someone have a quiet word with the seller?! It's been reduced to an unrealistic £50!

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