More Misadventures with a Swiss Patria

The evening started out pretty good. After some labor, I was able to reattach the draw band on my Swiss Patria. I also covered the stripped roller on the paper bail with some fairly convincing electrical tape. So far, so good. Then I tried tighten the shift lock mechanism which wouldn’t hold. It broke clear…

Repairs to a Swiss Patria Typewriter.

After a few weeks of travel from the Czech Republic to Florida, this Swiss Patria arrived at my doorstep. It has some issues I need to address. The carriage experiences the occasional hiccup, catching upon return. The paper does not catch in the platen unless the rollers are nudged closer. (Someone inserted some rubber wedges…

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…