Working on a typewriter is fine, but how do you convert a typed page into a digital page that can be e-mailed to an editor. Manuscripts need to be editable. Well, there's a spiffy (and free) app from Microsoft that makes that possible.
Welcome to the Typewriter Tuesday. Here I share a little about the machines writers of a previous generation used.
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The Olympia SM9 is a favorite among typewriter collectors and writers. Durable, efficient, enduring, and a pleasure to use. Here are two versions of the SM9, one from 1967 and one from 1971.
Agatha Christie used the British version of this machine. This matte black portable came to me unexpectedly and is in wonderful condition. It, like others in the Model 5 family, is a sweet typer. Looks good and works well. Who could ask for more?
Collecting typewriters is a fun and educational hobby. It can also be expensive and take over any free space available in your house. The good news is, there are typewriter-related items that are cheap and fun. In this episode, I share some of the items I've collected, all of them inexpensive. Enjoy.
The Smith-Corona Galaxies are favorites among typist. Snappy action, modern (1960s style), and full featured, it is the go to for many typists.
Hmm, this typewriter is a bit of a mystery to me. It's beautiful, types well, but I can find precious little information about it. There are others like it out there, but it seems to be elusive. This is the Smith-Corona Enterprise.
The Swiss made Hermes 3000 is one of the best loved of all typewriters. An ace typer, it is also stylish, durable, and a workhorse. It's a comfortable and gorgeous machine. Fantastic engineering. Oh, and it's minty green.
1938 Remington Deluxe Noiseless typewriter is a treat to see and to hear (It's not really noiseless, but it is a whole lot quieter then most typers. Al also talks about what this typewriter taught him about keeping his emotions in check.
1941 is the year the US entered WWII. When it did, much of the industry in the United States went to support the war effort including companies that made typewriters. In this episode, we look at a typewriter that was manufactured shortly before Royal suspended manufacturing for the commercial market. Many of these typewriters were used by the army and navy.
The Underwood Universal typewriter is a pleasure to look at and to use. Although we looked at one in Ep. 12, I present another, but this one comes with a twist—and that twist is in the case. The machine is from 1946, US made, and in many ways, unique.
Royal was a little late to the portable typewriter game. They were a major player in the larger standard size machines, but were slow out of the gate on portables. Once they entered the race, however, they quickly became a force to be reconvened with. In this episode, I show they typewriter as I received it, untouched, uncleaned, but still a worthy machine. Don't worry, I plan to clean it up.
This typer is a bit of a surprise for me. Made in 1980 it bears the name of the famous typewriter company Royal, but it was manufactured in Portugal. It represents a a change in typewriter manufacturing. Since the body is made of plastic, I expected the machine to be a bit of a junker. Instead, it's a pretty good machine. Shame on me for prejudging.
This typer came to me in rough shape. That's the bad news. The good news is, it only cost me $15.00. It had endured a some careless treatment (so it seems) and about half the keys didn't work. I took it home, put it on my work bench and had at it. A couple hours later, I had a working typewriter. The work was tedious, but the reward was great. Although plain in appearance, it rocks the work. Some consider this model one of the best machines made. I'm inclined to agree with them.
When a Typewriter and History Collide. This Corona Four portable goes way back to 1925, the year of the Scopes Trial. The Scopes Monkey trial was one of the most covered trials in US history. Over 200 reporters from around the country gathered in the tiny berg of Dayton, TN to report on a trial that is still talked about and debated today. Some of those reporters may have used a typewriter like this one.
The Power of Simplicity. This 1946 has the power of simplicity. It's no showoff. It's more of a lower its head, clinch its fists, and lean into it machine. It's the kind of machine that says, "The time for talking is over. Start typing."
The Torpedo Bluebird is one of my favorite portables. Sleek, easy to use, German engineering and manufacture makes this machine sing. This is a machine for serious (and fun) typing. Amazingly quick, almost impossible to out type. And it is no where nearly as dangerous as typing on a real torpedo (something I don't recommend)..
The 1948 Remington Rand De Luxe represents some of the best in typewriter engineer. Although almost 70 years-old it still looks almost new. It is sleek and durable. This typewriter came to after a chance meeting with a stranger. Sometimes it pays to get out of the office.
The Brother Charger 870 is a fascinating little machine with a specialty keyboard that could be used by English, Spanish, and German speakers. It also represents the shift from high-end craftsmanship to down-and-dirty, inexpensive production. It's fifty years old but still a fun machine.
A favorite among writers of the last generation, the Olympia SM9 brought the best of German engineering to the world of typewriters. Stylish, rugged, and most of all, dependable, the SM9 became the typer of choice for many well-known authors. Almost half a century old, this machine thumbs its nose at passing decades. It can handle any typing task and look good while doing it.
The typewriter that makes you say, "Vroom! Vroom!" A midcentury typewriter with all the optimistic design of that era. Space age in appearance, it is a work horse. It's a great machine and maybe even a greater piece of art.