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…

Intertextual voices . . . more drafting.

I am reworking a section of my story for Cold Hard Type–rather, I should say that we are. My girlfriend has supplied the poetry created by the female voice. The handwritten notes are notations written by the male voice. The question of the exact nature of the intertextual relationship between the two voices hopefully will…

The Day Florencia Made Love to a Viola – a poem

To experience the real poetry of this moment, read Max Paradiso’s article in the New York Times. There is a race to record the sounds of Stradivari stringed instruments–every note possible–because the instruments are beginning to decay. Something about a whole town–a mayor, the police, and the citizens–collectively maintaining silence to record the purest sounds…

Mechanics of a Klein-Adler 2 Typewriter

I have found some time to start digging into my new Klein-Adler 2. The mechanics look good. The carriage moves smoothly. The rollers work well. Some of the slugs stick. This is a front-action (the right term?) machine, which means that the slugs make contact with the platen through a forward motion rather than by…

The Klein-Adler 2 Typewriter

I was able to pick up a Klein-Adler 2 for a decent price. It arrived in the mail today. The seller did an excellent job packing it. As you can see from the photos, the machine needs a little cleaning, and the slugs certainly need some loosening up. Th case also came with the key,…