Panhandle Winter – a poem

This poem recollects one of my favorite memories: a day my girlfriend and I spent at Alligator Point just south of Tallahassee. It was winter. The air was cold and the evening was fast approaching. She was collecting shells on the beach as if discovering new planets. In proper Wordsworthian fashion, this poem was waiting….

My First Erika typewriter: The Erika 10.

This Erika 10 arrived from Germany today. I first encountered an Erika 10 at a friend’s house. I instantly was drawn towards its curves and lines. Once I produced some words with its keys, I was smitten. I had to have one. It has an amazingly smooth action, and it is at once sturdy and…

What to do with typewriter cases and crates.

Every collector has to figure out where to store his or her typewriter cases and crates. Space can be limited, and so most people end up storing the cases in a closet or basement. Cases, however, can be repurposed and preserved at the same time. Stack a few vintage cases in top of one another…

Salvaged 1953 Smith Corona Super.

I posted about this machine the other day. I was not interested, but the price was $25 and I figured I could fix it up and sell it. The draw band simply needed to be replaced. Well, there was more to it. The spring coil drum was out of alignment in ways I could not…