Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rogues Gallery

Here are some pictures of typewriters that have gained notoriety in my classroom. This comes, mostly, from their erratic behavior and unique dispositions.

Paper-Eater McGill
Known to really curl and rip your paper. Only attacks on even-number days.

Terence "One-Knob" Oaks
Even with the set-screws nice and snug, the knob falls off. Usually on a carriage return.

Kaiser Drag
Once a fortnight you must tighten the carriage return arm.

The $10 Man
$10 for a tub of Instamorph made loading paper much easier.


  1. Huh. I expected a display of your red typewriters.

    1. Cool. Thanks. The world is such a neat and _complicated_ place, isn't it? So many opportunities for unexpected connections, mistakes among them. As a teacher, you must meet more than your share of unexpected connections.

      == Michael Höhne

  2. Have you tried threading Teflon tape around the screws (or in the case of the knob, around the platen shaft) and then tightening them? That thing really helps nuts and bolts get a better grip.

  3. They look so sweet and innocent, but now the truth is out there.

  4. haha thems be misbehaving! detention!

  5. Ryan, with the Platen Knob falling off, try this. Get a small flat file and carefully dress the part of the shaft that the screw will "bite" on. It must be level and free of any burrs. File it smooth and then try to re-fit the screw. Let me know how that goes...

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  7. That Hermes Rocket looks mysteriously like my 1965 Silver-Seiko Royal Mercury. I wonder if Silver Seiko made Hermes too....

  8. That is so cool! I wish I could see this typewriters. It's especially nice to share with friends.