W/NW Show Us Your Manual Typewriters
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W/NW Show Us Your Manual Typewriters

Here's my 1937 Remmington Noiseless:



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Follow the Russian Security services

A while ago, I read that the Russian FSO was purchasing Triumph Adler manual typewriters for their most secure communications.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...ter-leaks.html

The most secure communication in this day and age is on paper, sent by courier. The President even said this himself.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...and-send-it-by
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Great idea for a thread!

I no longer have such a machine, but I learned to type on a manual standard and I preferred manual typewriters to electrics for a long time.

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A while ago, I read that the Russian FSO was purchasing Triumph Adler manual typewriters for their most secure communications.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...ter-leaks.html

The most secure communication in this day and age is on paper, sent by courier. The President even said this himself.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...and-send-it-by

Yep. There's nothing more secure than paper and a dead drop.
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Not mine (the typewriters, I mean), but seemed appropriate:



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Peter,
Is that a CRT oscilloscope behind that green IBM Selectric?
So cool!

When I just got into high school, I volunteered at the local hospital (Scarborough General, in Ontario, Canada) for their fund drive.
We volunteers typed out fund raising letters asking for donations. They were typed out on fancy new IBM Selectrics!
That was the first time I'd every seen an electric typewriter.
So big and "important" looking.
It even had an erase key to clean up my amateur typing. The selectric could remember a few keystrokes at a time, so there wasn't the typical "clash of keys" that happened with a manual typewriter if you tried to go too fast.

I was really impressed with the secretaries. They were true professionals who could take shorthand. HEARING them type was an amazing feat: a steady fusillade of sound, then the paper is out of the machine.

Then we signed our letters, and placed them in stamped envelopes.

People responded warmly to these letters, as they knew another person had spent time and effort typing and signing these. The human touch. Now we have mail merge and scanned signatures. People throw these letters into the trash.
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I no longer have such a machine, but I learned to type on a manual standard and I preferred manual typewriters to electrics for a long time.
I had one until just before the first of the year (electric, not manual however, Smith Corona) and donated it to Goodwill mainly because I never used it.

I learned to type on my mom's Remington portable, kinda like the one shown here, but I always preferred an electric.

As an aside, in many schools they don't teach "Typing" anymore, they teach "Keyboarding", to use the buzzword-compliant term du jour.
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Corona 4, circa late-1920s
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Underwood Universal, circa 1936
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DSCF4350a by Joe Van Cleave, on Flickr

Brother-made Webster XL-747 typewriter with roll of teletype paper, ala Jack Kerouac.
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Hey! I'll play - I've got an Underwood S from 1949 or something. After I got a typewriter I made an effort to learn how to type properly, haha. Here with some other vintage keys in the background. (Olympus Pen EE-3)






Not a typewriter, but another office machine - Facit TK calculator. Probably the coolest thing I've ever bought for $40.

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DSCF4518a by Joe Van Cleave, on Flickr

Late-model, wide-carriage Olympia SM9 in Hartman Skymate pigskin suitcase.
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Late-model Hermes 3000 chassis, mounted to oak base; what I call the Nekkid-Writer.
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DSCF5033a by Joe Van Cleave, on Flickr

Corona Standard, circa late-1930s. I acquired this from a UNM biochemist whose father used it in college in the late1940s; then he used it in the late 1970s; the last it'd seen use was 1980; it sat in a closet for 36 years, until I acquired it.
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Hermes 3000 at Sandia Foothills by Joe Van Cleave, on Flickr

An over-processed Hipstamatic shot of a late-model Hermes 3000 (same as the Nekkid-Writer, shown above).
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Olivetti Underwood 21 by Joe Van Cleave, on Flickr

Olivetti-Underwood 21; same chassis as Olivetti Studio 44. I purchased this from a now defunct thrift store for $20. The shop owner told me the story that the original owner rode out to New Mexico in the 1960s on a motorcycle to become a writer, and traded his bike for this typewriter. When I got home, I found the original receipt in the case, dated February 29, 1968 (leap year), that indicated a trade between a car dealership and office supply store. I don't know who the writer was.
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Great thread. I did a photographic series called Olympia Deconstructed, with the parts from an Olympia typewriter. When I get back home I will post a few.
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I bought this from the original owner...he said he used it while at University...he was maybe in his seventies or eighties...it's all original except for the ribbon, has the manual and brush.

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Robert,

sorry no oscilloscope, but my Kyoristu EF-500A Multi Shutter Tester. Nice unit, it has three-position (leading, centre, trailing) analysis of curtain speeds, does horizontal and vertical shutters, etc. Still getting my head around it.

I have fond memories of the IBM Selectric too. I can remember my then girlfriend's office back in the early 1980's and the highly skilled typists who worked there. Their fingers were a blur over the keys and out came neat justified copy, not one mistake. Amazing.

I saw this green Selectric at the recycling unit attached to our local dump a few weeks ago and picked it up for $10.00. Seemed a shame to leave it there. This one even has provision for TTY terminal output, just in case I also come across an IBM Series 360 mainframe in the trash.

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I love your phone! LOL, many kids nowadays don't know what dial tone sounds like.
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Late-model Hermes 3000 chassis, mounted to oak base; what I call the Nekkid-Writer.
And they made cameras too...

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JoeV I love your collection. Do you service these yourself?
Thanks, Robert. Some of these, like the Corona 4 and Underwood Universal, were professionally serviced, but most I've tinkered with myself. Mostly they need cleaning, degreasing and re-lubrication.
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thanks dmr. Our 7 year-old daughter's friends love using "the cool old phone" when they are around for playdates. Takes them a few attempts to get use to dialing, the variable distance of the rotary motion throws them at first. I would say about half of the families we know don't even have a landline any more...

sorry to hijack a typewriter thread, but it's all comms surely?
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Hi,

I think the best thing is that you can type in black and underline in red or do rows of soldiers with rifles, try that with a tablet...

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Typewriters can have patina too!

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Typewriters can have patina too!

DSC02093 by dralowid, on Flickr

Long carriage Oliver in 'museum quality' condition or so the nice man on Ebay said...
I had one of those, in excellent condition! I sold it to buy an Imperial buttload of Kodachorme, back in the 80s.
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An over-processed Hipstamatic shot of a late-model Hermes 3000 (same as the Nekkid-Writer, shown above).
JoeV, are you out on the west mesa, just south of I-40?

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Nice shot, Joe. However, I must admit that the first thing that I checked was to see if the typed page read "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
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JoeV, are you out on the west mesa, just south of I-40?

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This was taken at the soccer field park on Eubank, north of Paseo del Norte. Just to the east is the hang glider landing zone.
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Nice shot, Joe. However, I must admit that the first thing that I checked was to see if the typed page read "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
The piece I was working on was a Hunter S. Thompson-styled visit to the balloon fiesta.
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This thread is very bad for my GAS. Have you priced some restored typewriters lately? Leica M pricing!

In the LTM Leica price range is that Olympia SM9 of JoeV. Yummyyyyyyy.

I really love the look of those ones from the 1920s with the glass panels on the side so that you can see the interior working as you type. So fascinating. I'm trying to tell myself that my neighbors in my apartment are going to complain if I start playing with a typewriter.
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Well, if the president said it was true, then it must be. LOL!
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