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The World of Typewriters » Typewriters in the Movies » 29-1-2018 17:12:31

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Recent releases - "The Post" about the Washington Post and the Pentagon Papers (1971-72). And on Netflix - "Good Girls Revolt". This is a movie about the 1970s Newsweek mag and its women employees organizing and eventually suing to becoming reporters, copy editors, etc. Lots of typewriters.

Typewriter Services » Typewriter Repair Shop Directory - International » 29-1-2018 16:55:20

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Noted in an earlier post. Bremerton Office Machine Company, Bremerton, WA (USA). Paul Lundy owner. I visit every couple months (from Astoria, OR - a 3 hr drive one way) to drop off machines for tune-ups. Always a great time. Thankfully, he has quite an active business I suspect, based on what he has in the shop. Picked up an not-often-seen typeface (Double Gothic) on a SCM Electro 120. He found it in a local thrift store. Nice find.

And it that is not enough, the next door business, Typewriter Fever, is quite a find as well. Lots of machines for sale. Don Feldman is the owner.

Regional Events » Astoria Oregon Type-In - 12 Nov 2016, Astoria Senior Center » 23-10-2016 15:07:49

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You are invited to attend a type-in to be held at the Astoria, Oregon Senior Center, 1111 Exchange Street,11:00 - 3:00 pm, 12 Nov 2016. Please feel free to bring your favorite machine! POC: Ray Montgomery, rhmontg0354@gmail.com, 856-341-0884.

Regional Events » Looking to meet with Typewriter folks in the Pacific Northwest » 25-8-2016 22:07:50

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Hello,
I recently moved with my collection to Astoria, Oregon from New Jersey. Having settled in I am looking to get together with other typewriter folks who would like to meet from time to time in a show and tell type of format (usually involves food and drink).  I held the first show and tell in a nearby café in late July and made two new friends as a result.  A total of 15 machines were brought to the event.

I am currently considering to have a second get-together in September or October and would like to gauge the level of interest from folks in the Pacific Northwest area. Please respond to this post if you are interested. Additional info will follow to those who wish to participate. I think a Saturday would be best.

Thanks,

Ray



 

Portable Typewriters » Portables in cases - keeping track of them » 04-4-2016 22:03:38

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Sitting side-by-side it can get confusing, although I can usually tell one brand's case from another (e.g., '30-'40 Royals and '50 Underwoods for example). To identify specific machines, I use a folded 3x5 index card attached through the case handle using a thin cable tie. I put the following info on the blank side of the card: manufacturer, model name, serial number, and other clarifying info such as color, year, or other distinguishing characteristics (e.g., a "rest" key on my Corona Model 3). For multiple examples of the same machine I add a #1, #2, etc. to the card. I also add a black dot to the upper corner of the card signifying that I have a photo of it in my collection photo album. And having just moved my collection from the U.S. East Coast to West Coast, labeling them certainly help me account for them when checking to see if any were damaged, thankfully none were.

Standard Typewriters » SG Owners Club » 26-3-2016 18:12:23

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Add me to the group! Fortunately (or not if you are moving them), I acquired four of them, all with the paper stand. My favorite is one with Pharmacy symbols and of course, the paper charging handle is a blast to set up and use.. And as expressed by others, they are fun to use and produce a very nice result. Will post some photos per the FAQ as soon as I pick an app to use for photo storage.

The World of Typewriters » Typewriters in the Movies » 25-3-2016 10:49:08

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I too was aware of Populariare but could not watch it because the DVD was not made for Region 1 players (in my case the U.S.). Luckily, I recently discovered that it was available through streaming services and my brother found it on his Netflix service. Excellent movie indeed. I did have a question about the final contest and the machine used by the US champ. I quick look at the badge when it appeared showed "ICM" with wings. Not familiar with that one and a quicker search uncovered nothing. Of course, the subplot about the typewriter ball just adds to the implication that it was IBM. I've read elsewhere that the US champ was using an Underwood. Any ideas?

I too look for typewriters in movies and even TV. While not showing any machines, several medical claims lawyer firm ads use typewriter clacking sounds to spell out the message...keystroke by keystroke. Now I wonder if the sounds actually match the letters being typed? Visually, it appears so.

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 25-3-2016 10:29:19

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Hello ztyper,

Just returned from NJ to pack up household goods and TWs for the long haul to Oregon. I took pictures during packing and plan to write a short article about moving a collection long distance. Hope everything arrives in good shape. Please PM with off-line email when you get the chance and I will be happy to send you my NJ display article.

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 17-3-2016 22:28:38

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Hello ztyper,

I have been on the Yahoo typewriter group for a few months and just found this site. Sorry too I didn't get the chance to meet. Not sure if it was me taking all of the machines...but then eBay is too tempting sometimes. I also picked up a few machines from my friend in Philly.

Regarding my February display, it was set up at the Mt. Laurel, NJ public library for almost 3 weeks. Unfortunately, I had to take it down early in order to prep for the move. If you are interested in details of the display, I would be happy to send you my article (with photos) that has been submitted to "The Typewriter Exchange" newsletter for publication in April or maybe in the summer. What part of Jersey are you in? I lived in Marlton (South Jersey), near Moorestown (Lockheed Martin site).

Pleased to be aboard.

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 17-3-2016 18:22:49

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Hello,

My name is Ray Montgomery. I am a systems engineer who recently retired from Lockheed Martin and moved in February from New Jersey to Astoria, Oregon. I have been a collector of other things (e.g., military insignia, plastic model kits, HO slot cars) for many years and started collecting typewriters about two years ago. The spark for typewriters came after a visit to Powell’s Books technical bookstore in Portland, Oregon. The shop had a number of old computers and several typewriters in the store window and I especially liked the Olympia SG-1. I took a few photos and then I was hooked.

Once bitten, a web search eventually led me to Richard Polt’s web site, the “what would you recommend as a first machine” question to him, and then to my first purchase of a Remington Noiseless 7 portable. Once in hand, I wanted to have the machine tuned-up and once again Richard Polt came through with the name of a great typewriter repairman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Mike Brown, editor of “The Typewriter Exchange” newsletter). For those in the TW community that can, by all means find that repairman or repair shop. In addition to the tune ups of all my machines, Mike was and continues to be a great conduit to the wider typewriter community. Unfortunately, the closest shop is in Portland, just 2.5 hours away to the east.
My collection at the moment has about 140 machines, mainly 1919-60s portables from Remington Royal, Underwood, L.C. Smith, S&N, Smith Corona, and Olympia. For the past year I’ve been acquiring ultra-portables (e.g., Groma Kolibri, Antares Annabella, and Smith Corona Skyriter) and non-US machines such as S&N Erikas and Vosses from Europe. Of the standard desktops my favorites are the Olympia SG-1 and the Hermes Ambassador monster machines. As I’m sure many of the members do, I have a favorite typer; my current machine is a 1962 Olympia SF Deluxe. I also like the look and feel of the late 50’s and early 60’s Hermes 3000.

As to the futur

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