Monday, December 5, 2011

Facit-nating Turn of Events

Last night I got another email message from Eric saying that he found 9 more typewriters in the back of the storage unit. I was floored. My mind started imagining fantastic impossibilities. Silver Sterlings. Gold-plated Royals. Lamberts. Odells. Sheer madness.

When Eric dropped of the machines I was a little more realistic, but still excited to find a few machines I have never had the chance to see in person. The one that caught my eye was this little Facit TP1.



Having never used one, I was in for a suprise. It's an absolutely lovely little machine. All metal and very rugged. The looks are modern and understated.


I love the detail of the name across the back. Robert has gone into more detail than I could every attempt (http://oztypewriter.blogspot.com/2011/10/facit-tp1-portable-prince-of.html), but there was one surprise lurking in this little Swede. See if you can guess it. 


So, while you try to solve the mystery, I am going to find a place to put all these typewriters. Enjoy these other pictures.



8 comments:

  1. There's no "Q"?

    I can't tell you how reassuring it is to know that there is a Keeper of the Typewriter Flame in our midst...you attract these machines to you, and I thank you for being a custodian as well as a teacher.

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  2. How wonderful to find all those machines. Happy to know someone is keeping and using them. That Facit is very nice. First one I have ever seen.

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  3. Script! The dedicated "1" key is a clue, but the slugs are the giveaway.

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  4. I came over to say script too, but mpclemens beat me to it! How lovely! Congratulations on your impressive haul - I'm sure the students will have a blast.

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  5. Neat. The TP1 is on my want list -- lots of real typewriter users have recommended it. (Also the TP2, which apparently is pretty different.)

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  6. Looks like you could convert that one to big bucks if Richard is so keen :-) And buy three less exotic machines for the project. Or keep it if you can. The script looks nicely accented between thick and thin strokes. I always think that putting a script face on a typewriter is like swimming upstream. Mechanical monospacing trying to look like hadwriting? Fantastic.

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  7. I could see the script slugs too, being used to looking for them, but couldn't post until now. Very nice. With all these special ones you can start making deals for volume to pass around. You could get a bunch of good sturdy typers for that one, and supply a whole classroom!

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  8. Ahh, but it's a Facit TP-1 in Script. why would Ryan want to be rid of it? It's not like he's hurtin' for quantity, so I think he'd be justified in holding onto the quality rare machines. (:

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