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Monday, July 29, 2013

Phoenix Type-hunt


nice fellow.  sorry about the horribly backlit pic, at least the flash filled in some

Friday, July 26, 2013

Triumph De Jur Standard

This one was a surprise on craigslist, but then the seller recognized me when I emailed and it took a few days to connect up.  Thanks Nick!

So, the only 6-digit serial numbers seem to be in 1956?
The Davis Typewriter Works review of the same model can be seen here
They really seem to be the same, down to the control buttons for the Grundig Stenorette, and the 6-digit serial.
This is my first one ever with the paper feed lever too.  Neither my SG1 nor Adler special has it.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

finds in an old book

I got a request for a scan from a book that had been in the case of a Royalite back in 2011, and by some miracle I was able to put my hand to it!  Rather than email the requester only, I thought I'd post it here along with a page that impressed me even more.

Isn't that a wonderful regrets note?  The only way to improve upon it would be to type it in Vogue or Art Gothic.

Monday, July 22, 2013


I have a few stray bits that I haven't had a chance to post.  Some of them are rather old.  I'll start with the most recent.

I sure wish I could find that serial number... Florian showed me where it should be and it isn't there.

My friend found the next item at a garage sale over the weekend and got it for me.  It was published in 1984.

they did turn out reasonably well.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

gadgets and gizmos

I have been and will continue to be very busy, but wanted to get a post in briefly.  I'm using the cleaned-up IBM Model M keyboard.

back when screens were small I have no idea why they'd have needed a 12' cord on the keyboard. 
  Also notice the F2 key.  I have another model M (also from the bins) but made for a mainframe. The hack to use it with a pc is pretty elaborate.  I think I'd rather try wiring the usb typewriter kit to it.  At any rate I raided it for two keytops and it also is missing F2, so I used another.

Hey similar to our typewriter shop stickers!

It worked about 90% when I got it.  At times any and all keys would work, at others, the b, v and c would fail.

I looked on the web, and was skeptical.  Besides the oft-repeated (often ALL CAPS) admonition NOT to try to disassemble the keys, the only advice was to remove the tops and put it in the dishwasher, then dry it in a hot car if available.  Well, I don't have a dishwasher, but I could still try cleaning it.

I removed the tops and sprayed it down with an aerosol, alcohol-based window cleaner and let it sit awhile.  Then I tried spraying it in the kitchen sink.

Big mistake.  The diverter valve broke in the sprayer and clogged the whole tap.

So, I rinsed it in the tub and stuck it in my car,  We got a heat wave the next week, so score one for me.

After some days, I started hooking it up to see if it was recovered and I still had a few days left to wait while the space bar dried further, but the B was working now, which was encouraging.  Now, it's working as well as anything I have and I've reinstalled the keytops.  Plus it's cleaner than most of my typewriters.

Here are two slide rules I've acquired lately.  The Pickett Model 4 is my first with hyperbolic scales.

The Post is interesting not for its functions but as a wartime rule.  Post rules had been made by Hemmi in Japan and of course that was out in the 40's, but we still needed slide rules (to make the a-bomb, for one thing) so they made them in the US.  This particular series gets dissed for painted-on scales and cheap construction, etc. but it would get the job done.  This one was hardly used at all, and even has its box!  I got it with a bunch of drafting tools, an E-6B and a distance measuring tool.  I suspect the owner may have been a successful architect or surveyor who also had a plane.


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