I've been writing my Christmas letters for many years on 1954 Olympia De Luxe, my high school graduation present. As a reluctant user of a MacBook Pro, which never works properly, I find my typewriter infinitely more reliable, and it never tries to out-think me. It knows it is not smarter than I am. I once had a 1954 Olympia portable with a European keyboard ( á, à, â, ^, ~, etc.) It also had an extra-long carriage for long envelopes. In the 1980s my husband told me to donate it, and in return he gave me an electric typewriter. I did, and have regretted it ever since. If I can type 60 wpm on a non-electric, and 40 wpm on an electric, there's a problem. The problem is that electric typewriters work on Murphy's Law: if you accidentally push 2 keys at once, the key you didn't want is the key that prints. I wish I could find another working Olympia with a European keyboard. The electric typewriter was a part of out family for less than a year, then was donated.
Greetings, I am not new to typewriters, but new to this movement, andI do recognize this as a movement. For those in geekery, I am writingthis on an old G3 macintosh, still running and doing what I like onthe net. Simple, eloquent, and has history and a story. I feel thesame way about typewriters, they all each have a story, a history, andcharacter. I did indeed watch the movie, California Typewriters, andidentified with that philosophy entirely. I am not new to typewriters because I have already had a historywith typewriters, owning a 1932 Woodstock typewriter I rescued andfixed up, two decades past, but my history with typewriters goes backmuch further, in my youth my dad brought home old typewriters when hiswork transitioned to computers. I had fun typing away. I wish now Ikept some of those machines. (Kicks self... just like I wished I keptall those star wars toys from the late 70's and early 80's). I have since collected a few more machines, and gonna do myresearch to make sure they weren't scavenged and reassembled withalien parts of different similarly bastardized systems. I am alsoexcited because now with the databases and this community I can dosomething else I like, finding the personal history of the machines. Ihave done genealogy work on my family lineage, and relish learninghistory beyond a name on a page, a black and white 2D depiction of aperson, kinda like looking at a barren colorless tombstone. Me, Iwould want to know more, what where they like, what was their personalhistory, stories, experiences, and what did they think about theworld? That same curiosity I would want to construct of my machines.Each have a story, and like a good archeologist, I wanna dug up itshistory. Greetings and merry met! I look forward to being involved in thiscommunity and hopefully I can network with anyone hailing fromMaryland, where I live now, or Maine, where I will end up, andcontribute to the community.
Note: I also have an old jornada 720 handheld pc I still use, as well as older Macintosh computers, dabble in Linux and raspberry pi via Pi-top.org. I even have a commodore64 in my repertoire too. But despite being a geek of older computers, it is Typewriters that have really clicked with me since I’ve had to refocus my life. Technology isn’t as much a friend to me as it used to be, posts brain bleed, and seems I need to restrict distractions and disruptions, so Typewriter and old school is way to go!
I think you missed including retro or classic bicycle lovers as part of the typospherian crowd. I know there's a logical bias towards assigning them into another group, but I find that the overlap between them and your typical typospherian culture is too large to justify a leave-out.
Hello all!I am new to the typewriter community. I started it because my wife wanted a typewriter to write stories with. We could never find one locally. Then just browsing an antique store we found the Remington Portable. I was fascinated with the mechanics of them and sought other models out. Rest is history.Located in Charleston SC, I hope to find repair shops (thus far no dice), clubs, and fellow Typists.Collection as of now:Two Remington PortablesUnderwood No 5Royal No 10L.C. Smith No 8Dalton Adding Machine 181-4 (Similar tech, more complex)Smith-Corona Silent (Likely sell to a friend at cost)Smith-Corona Galaxy DeluxeUnderwood Noiseless (Escapement busted :\ )Over the holiday I used heat shrink tubing to restore platen of Dalton machine. Seemed to work fine. Other machines have just needed feet, oil, and ribbon.
Welcome to the club! Here's a list of repair shops that may be useful:https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/tw-repair.html
I'm not sure I belong here, but I'll give it my best. I learned to type in the 8th grade in Beatrice, Nebr., in typing class at Beatrice Junior High School. I learned on manual office-style typewriters, and it was one of the few classes I got an 'A' in! I've always been a writer, even though I made my career (and my living) in another field. The older I get (I'm 73), the more I appreciate simple things: Tube-type radios, Morse code, clothing and shoes made in the U.S.A. I've traveled a good deal, across the U.S. and around the world. I'd like to own a manual typewriter once again, and am reading up on the avocation. For now, let's just say 'hello' until I get a firmer typewriter world under my firstname.lastname@example.orgShawnee, Kansas10 February 2019
Is there a suggested standard for typecast images? I've been sizing at 800 pixels wide, 72 ppi, and optimizing as JPEG at as low a file size as practical. I've also been previewing in WordPress to make sure it looks fairly good on desktop, table, and cellphone.
Unknown, on my blog I usually divide a regular 8.5-inch-wide sheet into two columns, and digitize each column at about 500-550 pixels wide. This seems to maximize readability on a screen or phone. But try looking around the typosphere and seeing what format you find most readable and attractive. —Richard P
Thanks, Richard! That sounds like a good approach.
I really miss typewriters. I miss the sound of them when you would go into most buildings in the past. I would LOVE to have a good old IBM Selectric, I learned to type on one of those electric beasties in high school in the 1980s, and they are my favorite of all time. Of course, my mother had an old black manual typewriter, you really had to bang on the keys to get them to work. I used to marvel at how my mother could whip up letters on that thing in a matter of moments! On rainy days my sister and I would take it down in the basement and write stories on it, oh the memories. Anyway, it was nice to find this page, thank you for indulging my nostalgia.
Thanks for your comment above. If you get a Selectric, I recommend splurging on one that's been reconditioned by an expert. They almost always need cleaning and repair after sitting around for decades. But they are wonderful!
After I received a Lettera 35 as a gift few months ago, I re-discover the pleasure of slow writing. Now I have a Lettera 35, a Lettera 32, a Rover 2000, a Singer Personal (= Royalite 120) a Triumph Tippa and a wonderful Olivetti Linea 98.
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