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
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