Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fine Purchase

Class has started again, and the kids are typing away. I have some other student typecasts that I never quite got posted. I am going to post them as a static page. They are a hoot to read and I want them to be read.

Fiscal Plan? Fun Payroll? Fire Peons? All business!
The Purchase to which I allude is actually a Royal FP. This massive machine is going to be set up in a corner of the classroom for anyone who would want some time alone with their thoughts. I am slowly working on having every Royal desktop standard in my class. This is a crazy goal, but goals are good to have. I have the HH (more for my use) and now this FP. I love that the desktops are so much cheaper than their portable counterparts. Another benefit is that I have the space and audience to justify their addition to the collection. Desktops have always appealed to me.

Perhaps it is their girth and weight. Perhaps it is the comforting thought that the weight of a desktop could prove an asset were we, for example, invaded by Visigoths from the east. Just take to the top of your crenelated tower and hurl KKMs, FPs, and HHs. Nothing stops a Visigoth like a FP to the head.

Without jest, desktops are wonderful to use. They can be fast (if you're fast), tough, and incredibly dependable. If you have just one standard desktop, make it a Royal.

This specimen is in good shape, however something strange seems to have happened to the escapement in transport to school. I am sure that there was some preexisting condition. I've called our Man in Mesa for a consult and it will be on its way to MTE as soon as possible.

In the interim, please enjoy the pictures. Also don't forget to enter your comment for a chance to win a nice Rhodia stapled journal. In the stores this very journal retails for money. Click on this sentence to be taken to the post.

Look upon my badge, ye mighty, and despair.

A sleeping corporate giant.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Local AZ Typewriter Coverage

Bill Walh, Owner, operator, and heir of the Mesa
Typewriter Exchange.
This story about the Mesa (AZ) Typewriter Exchange ran in today's East Valley Tribune. I had the pleasure of visiting Bill's shop last Thursday. Ted was also interviewed for the story. Take a look by clicking this sentence.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Crass Commercialism Rises Again

Look to the right. No, not in reality. On the computer screen. See the pages listed under the CTP logo? At the bottom it says "For Sale." The link is nor for sale, but the typewriter described therein is. Take a look. The SC-Silent w/Orator Typeface has found a new home. Keep an eye peeled for other wonderful machines that might be "For Sale."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Keep Them Flying

More poster silliness. This one's not so forceful.

UPDATE: Corrected spelling of "aid."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Take Up the Glorious Cause!

Just a little, light-hearted poster. Please, pardon my amateurish computer skills. If you want a high-res PDF, let me know. If there is enough interest I'll put a link to it. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Viral Typosphere

Mike Clemens mentioned this idea and I ran with it. If you see a lonely looking typewriter at an antique mall, Goodwill, or thrift store feed one of these pages into the machine. Then, walk away. Inquisitive people will definitely read the page and this might pique their interest in the Typosphere. Fun idea, huh?

I do not recommend that you bother people or get into trouble over this. The idea is definitely more surreptitious that a poster, card, or website, but it can be a fun little discovery for the person who buys that typewriter you pass up. Feel free to adapt the format to your aesthetic or regional tastes. I have linked two different versions. One is geared for Arizona, the other is more generic.

Click on Arizona
Click on World

N.B. There is no image on the bottom half because the page is meant to be fed into a typewriter.