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Type Talk » What next?? » 13-4-2018 17:07:46

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Thank you Fleetwing, that gives me a really great start.

Type Talk » What next?? » 12-4-2018 13:33:04

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Ok, in an effort to narrow things down...

I prefer portable, as desktop real estate is precious.

I would like something 1930s-1950s as from what I’m seeing I prefer these aesthetically speaking.

I would like something not finicky, as I have neither the experience or time to make regular repairs—light maintenance and cleaning is fine.

Bonus points for interesting fonts.

Type Talk » What next?? » 11-4-2018 21:45:46

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Help me spend my money!

I am looking for suggestions on what machines I should look at for my second purchase. Currently have a 1953 Olympia SM3 that I love and use regularly. I’m looking for something that will complement my Olympia, maybe a little variety, but looking for a solid workhorse of a machine.

Budget of $150-$300.

Suggestions?

Portable Typewriters » Olympia SM3 » 10-8-2017 15:05:18

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As I alluded to in a previous post, I picked up this 1954 Olympia SM3 a couple weeks ago. I finally got to sit down today and type a little with her. I have never used a manual typewriter before, but I found the experience rather intuitive--thanks perhaps to fine German engineering?

In short, I love it.

I've attached some pictures for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to comment on the typeface. If you have suggestions on how to clean it up, or suggestions for my technique, I'd love to hear them.   

https://i.imgur.com/KRxa8cP.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/3ytX6Fu.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/YLo7chs.jpg

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Paper » 03-8-2017 13:49:52

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Oh good grief.  First post and a typo.  

"...and THERE she lay."
 

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Paper » 03-8-2017 13:48:57

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So...

I've received my first typewriter, well packaged and ever so gently transported by FedEx.  It's a 1954 Olympia SM3 in olive green, purchased from a dealer in Nebraska, perhaps for more than I should have paid, but not excessively so. Last night I sat at the kitchen table, opened the slightly worn, but still sturdy formed wood case, and their she lay. I inserted a fresh piece of inkjet paper, plied her keys, and was rewarded with steady tap-tapping.

I've purchased her to document my (admittedly marginal) poetry, with some sense of significance, panache, and style. She seems well suited to the task.

However, I've realized that poet and typewriter are only 2/3 of the equation.  Could someone school me, (or direct me to a resource), regarding different papers of perhaps archival(?) quality?

Regards,

Robert

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 03-8-2017 13:34:23

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Hello all:

New member here.

My name is Robert, and I hail from the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.  I'm a critical care nurse by trade. My hobbies include Jeeps, camping/backpacking, photography, and now vintage typewriters. Thanks to advice I gleaned from reading old posts here on the forum I recently acquired my first typewriter--a 1954 SM3 in olive green.  I'm very taken by the idea of manual typewriters, and love the simplicity of no electronics.  I look forward to learning from the experts here.

Cheers!

Regards,

Robert

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