More Thoughts and Tips on Formatting for Cold Hard Type

Eventually all those who are included in the book project will have to type out their manuscripts. I explored formatting issues yesterday. Again, it seems like the next strategy is to match up a Word document to the format requirements. Document settings will vary based on the typewriter’s typeface. I set the Document margins at…

Swiss Patria Typewriter with Czech Keyboard.

It took some time for this to arrive from the Czech Republic. The packaging was okay, but the there could have been more stuffing in a bigger box. Naturally, one brittle foot broke apart (which, really, is to be expected). The knobs are fine. I bought this at a lowish price, knowing there would be…

Typing a Clean Copy for Cold Hard Type

It is no easy thing to type a clean copy of a manuscript. I tinkered with formatting today. Using and adjusting Richard Polt’s template helped. I reformatted my digital document accordingly. Then comes setting the margins for the material page in the typewriter. Once the typing begins, it’s easy to make a mistake. The phone…

Nocturnal Typewriter

After a day of teaching, grading papers, and preparing lesson plans, I put on some work-conducive music (lately Philip Glass or Django Reinhardt) and get to work on Cold Hard Type. As a person who is easily distracted, I create environments that intensify my focus. (I rarely can read or write in public unless a…

The 3-Bank Underwood Portable

Generally speaking, I try not to pick up duplicate typewriters. A new typewriter either has to be a make or model I do not have or have a typeface I do not have. The nice thing about general rules is that they are general. I decided to blow off some steam at the nearby antique…

Welcome to the Olympia family, SM7.

With a few applications of alcohol with a toothbrush, I was able to get the slugs and ribbon-advancing mechanisms working again. All is well. The typewriter also came with a key for the case. That’s like spotting a narwhal, a unicorn, and Sasquatch in one day.

The Baby-Blue Olympia SM7

This typewriter has been on my radar for quite some time. It is one of those machines whose price valuation greatly differs based on body color. I finally was able to find a blue machine at a decent price. Some typewriters I shall never own: a red or blue Royal QDL, for example–which is fine,…

Working on my colleague’s new Olympia SM3.

I saw this 1959 SM3 on OfferUp for sixty bucks. It is pretty and clean, but I have enough Olympias and I don’t want to be a hoarder. I brought it to a colleague’s attention. He had picked up an SM9 a while ago. He has machines in Argentina, but could use a couple of…