Sunday, July 1, 2012
What a weekend!
There she is. The Trash Brother. Could not believe it was still in perfect working order! Anyone know how to set tabs on these? I have never had a Brother before...
And the Trash Sears Constellation. This one is completely beyond repair, but I am sure that I can find some parts to salvage from it for future restorations. A mainspring perhaps? Or a key top to be used on another, similar, Sears. Who knows? Anyone need some Sears parts?
Underwood 314. Overall, just a great machine. Does not have tab, but if you hold down the margin release while returning the carriage, it stops five spaces short of the left margin, giving perfect indentation. How neat! One of the nicest typewriters I have used, in all honesty. My only gripe is how large the typeface is. It is just as large as that of my Underwood Rhythm Touch, which is huge for such a small portable.
Underwood-Olivetti Studio 44. Quite a big machine to have a carrying case, if you ask me. Nice typer with a small typeface. And look at those lines! So pretty. The seller said it was 'top of the line' when he bought it, so I assume he was the original owner. As he drove away, Connor said "Man, it doesn't even look like he needs that typewriter money." The man's car, some sort of nice looking red convertible, may just have spoken to his low asking price.
What a beast! Look at it pouring over the edge of that chair. This thing has to be the biggest typer I have, yet the typeface is so tiny...probably 12 characters per inch. After using it a bit, the few keys that stuck are moving freely now and it just needs a bit of a cleaning underneath the ribbon cover. Even Zinnie seems impressed.
Royal Swinger. I misspoke earlier, as it is actually two-tone green and white, with a hint of blue underneath the space bar. All plastic construction, and feels a bit cheap when typed on. I am going to clean it up, but even then I cannot see me using it much.
The real reason I bought the Royal. That case has an AM radio in it! I love things like that. The idea of haphazardly placing a radio somewhere it definitely does not belong intrigues me, and this is no exception. Remember those Tropicana orange radios? I had one when I was little, and that thing was so cool.
Here is the Modernolette portable Phonograph player. Really a neat piece. We have listened to 'Pistol Packin Momma' and 'Rosalita' nearly a dozen times so far, and I just love the whole thing. You have to wind it to get it running, and that lasts about one song. The arm with the needle is removed and stored in the case for travel, as well as the handle that winds it, I believe. The record sounds so gritty...like being transported back in time. I'm definitely going to have to search out some more records for this. I can listen to them while I type up blog posts on my typewriter. Span the times, young Padawan.
Thanks for reading, and keep those typebars swinging.