Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hermes Ambassador -- One Gargantuan Typewriter

To my surprise I found this at the workbench as I went to go out the side door.

Not only is this a Behemoth it has a wide carriage

Nicely packed, and it comes with a cover, instruction books, and cleaning kit..

This is one strong carriage rail. solid machined aluminum and steel rails, and a paper injector.

Runs the length of the typewriter and then some

The knobs beside the spools move the card guide away from the platen.  The slider is the touch tension adjustment.  From very super light to quite heavy.

This was a joy to use.  I wrote a few letters before  the 2 page typecast. I have not had this much fun since I got my first office size Underwood.

This is a fun typewriter to use, but it needs 4 feet of lateral space to use.  The carriage is 24 inches long from tip of the return lever to the  end of the right platen knob.  Of course the carriage will not generally be used for its entirety, but it does require extra space for the wide carriage. At least I finally have a typewriter that I can feed file folders through to type the tabs.

I chose the letterheads because both are Michigan companies from the past.  There is quite a bit of information on the Duplex Phonograph Company on the Kalamazoo library web site. Included is a video of the photograph in use. The audio is quite good.

Fox letterhead courtesy of Richard Polt and his blog.

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Year is 2018 Already!

On the way to the hardware store last Saturday

The neighbor's trees yesterday.
Originally I was going to us my Hammond with some of the Hammond letterhead I have, but Mrs. M was still asleep when I did the typecast and the Hammond is in the bedroom closet amongst all kind of noisey things to move.

I chose the Oliver letterhead only to find the ribbon on my Oliver No. 9 has dried out.

Next best thing: one of my favorite typewriters -- my first Underwood office size machine the '47 SS. Like a Chevy SS this one could be called a Super Sport for as wonderfully it is to use.  I have 3 Underwood office machines in my collection and I'd put any one, or all 3, in a contest against any electric they are that much fun and easy to use.  (OOOOH, an idea for the next gathering of the Michigan Typewriter Insurgency)

Which brings be to yesterday's gathering in Montague, Michigan.  I decided to go when I saw the post on Welcome to the Typosphere, but since I did not get time to make an advance trip to spy on the establishment for handicap accessability I did not know if Mrs. M could go.  I decided to not go :(

Interestingly enough if I would have stayed in Holland it would have been a short trip.  Maybe in 2018.

P.S. Does anyone have any old Underwood letterhead that I could get a copy to make some copies from?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Continuing the Report of the Michigan Typewriter Insurgency (Part 2)

A modified Manifesto

Wonder why Agent Elise is so happy

Agents Elise, Andrea, and Debbie.  Agent Dorothy was missing in action.

Agent Bob enjoying Tony Casillo's Typewriters book.

Not only were there plenty of pinball machines and darts, Agent Debbie found this customized Monopoly game among the many boardgames available play.

One of the bystanders tries her hand at typing

This is Agent Andy's SM3. It is like new and has a glossy smooth finish.

Poem from the upper corner of the above

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Report of the Michigan Typewriter Insurgency Part 1

Sorry for the double space beginning of paragraph one .

Agent Dave and Agent Andrea

Organizer Andy, Agent Elise, and Agent Matt

Agent Dorothy and Agent Debbie

I did not get the name of the fellow on the right.  Note Andrea's fine black Royal and Andy's unique smooth finish SM3

Agent Mark typing a poem on his L. C. Smith.

Agent Andy brought his beautiful red Remington. You may remember this typewriter from the Traverse City post.

Now, this was perhaps the best out of the bunch.  Agent Elise brought this Optima. First I ever saw live and in person. It is a superb typewriter with action as good or maybe even better than an Underwood!  There is one sticking problem with it though where the carriage stops without warning.

A typewriter T-shirt
There are only two typing examples in this part.  I have over 100 images of the gathering and will be parsing the good ones and more typing over the next few days and posting a part 2.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Typewriter Insurgency Strikes Michigan

I thought this letterhead appropriate since I'll be taking my Olivetti typewriters.

The Olivetti family all packed and ready to go.
I was hoping to acquire a Lettera 32 by now, but the typewriter gods did not provide. The family is minus one of its mid-sized brothers.  I do have a copy of Richard's book, Tony's book, and the movie included along with some typewriter company letterheads and a poster of a keyboard.  Gotta pack the back seat because the trunk is needed for Mrs M's mobility scooter.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Digital Imaging & California Typewriter

The Kodak 1A Stylus gave me my start in collecting old Kodak cameras. The 3A is similar, but larger.
Back about 1990 or so my Grandma was clearing out what remained of my Grandfather's belongings.  One of the things she gave me was his old Kodak Stylus camera.  Long before Olympus made the Stylus 1 Kodak made real cameras with real styli. The stylus camera came with a nice metal stylus that was held in place by 2 mounts on the back of the camera beside a door that could be opened and the photographer could then sign the film if he wished.

I have several cameras from the late 1800s and early 1900s that still work fine. I adapt 620 roll film to use them except for my Eastman View-2 that uses 4 x 5 and 5 x 7 sheet film. There will NEVER be a digital imager that works when it is over 100 years old. We are lucky they last 20!

The old and the new.  For the longest time I have been using the old OlympusCamedia 3.2 Mp imager for most of my on line imaging.  For the Olivetti and digital imaging typecasts I used the 5.1Mp Kodak.

Neat lens that doubles as a front body cap for the OMD.  It is fully manual and is fun to use doing street photography.  I really like this lens in crowded places because most people think I left the lens cover on my OMD or I forgot to remove the body cover and install a lens.  Great for in places where it may seem too obvious I was imaging someone.

As with all my photographic gear and digital image must be cleaned.  So I'm cheap and buy my microfiber cloth at the dollar store where I get 2/$1.00 and the sable hair brush also from the dollar store for $1.00. It is a super soft ladies face paint installation tool that works great for cleaning lenses and other things.

All of my OMD lenses and body fits an old Tamrac 35mm SLR bag I had. If the strobe fit, it would be perfect.  I do have bigger bags, but for the micro four thirds they are way too big, but the strobe would fit.

Being cheap as I am, I love to pick up these free koozies at trade shows.  They are padded and make great lens covers.  For my camera lenses I use the hot pads with a pocket in them.  I think I bought a few dozen of them at Wal-Mart several years ago.  Shown above is my 40mm to 150mm M. Zuiko zoom lens for the OMD.

One of the nicest camera bags by Tamrac is this (no longer made) Explorer 100.  It is made for MFT cameras and a spare lens or two and works great for street photography.  The center divider is padded and attaches to the inside with velcro so it can be moved to fit.

Holds the Stylus 1 and auxiliary telephoto lens.  The aux. lens adds about 750mm f2.8 to the main 300mm f2.8 lens.

California Typewriter arrived Monday.  I spent Monday evening watching it.  Fine movie.

This is the No. 6 with today's typecast.
I planned more photos of some of my MFT equipment, but I do not know what I did with the files.  I've been getting things together for Saturday's Type-In so blogging has been on the back burner.  I have not decided if I will post more digital imaging on this blog or start a new one.  I do plan on posting more.  One thing I am avoiding doing is calling digital imaging photography.  I thought it was just me, but since I got the OMD I have been doing more reading on line and find many other photographers refuse to call digital imaging photography so in my own Luddite way it is nice to not be alone.

By the way all my old Kodaks do work and I have used them when I lived in VA where I had a dark room.  I did all B & W with them due to the plain glass lenses that were not coated for color film because back in the late 1800s and early 1900s color film did not exist.