Saturday, March 3, 2012

FP In The Library

This is the FP in the school's library. When it was in my possession -- being more willing to beg forgiveness than ask permission -- I went ahead an painted it. The color was not exactly like the historic FP green, but gave an overall impression of the same color. In reality, the gray was chipped and scrapped from years of use in public education. This is one of the few public typewriters I have been able to get set up around our campus.

Krylon Celery Green. It's much lighter than the old FP green.

This FP has a a darker tint and earmuffs. 
The earmuffs are a carbon ribbon kit. 
Photo via Machines of Loving Grace

Blue FP from a Life magazine advertisement.

I have started to see an interesting shift in the mindset of my students. The typewriters are no longer objects of curiosity or antiquated tools, they are starting to become part of the fabric of their educational experience. It's an interesting and nuanced change. I am proud to have some hand in making that happen.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Typewriter Dramatics

Imagine having some guests over to your house. As the conversation evolves someone, perhaps that guy from your office who keeps trying to show you various "apps" on his iPhone, turns a glancing eye to your den.

"What's that?" says Chad (because they are all named Chad) pointing to the desk.

You respond, "That? It's something very special. I keep it covered to protect it."

"Does it have apps?"


You stand up and your guests follow you to the den. Snapping on the lamp, you take the cover and with a dramatic flourish you remove it to reveal a pristine Royal Quiet De Luxe.

The silence is cut by Chad (because he's just so annoying), "So, no apps?"


Paul emailed me a few days ago to let me know that he tried making one of the typewriter covers that I wrote about in a very Typewriter Cover-themed blog post. Here it is. In addition to the wonderful email, Paul sent a picture of his handiwork.

Quite nice quilted cozy.

Needless to say, I am overjoyed that the "pattern" proved to be a success. Good work Paul!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Showing Off

I think I might have mentioned it a while ago, but Mrs. Magic Margin, Baby Magic Margin, and I moved to a new house. It's much bigger than our old house and the perfect place for a growing...typewriter collection! Mrs. Magic Margin was adamant that I have a place (out of the way) that I can display a respectable number of typewriters. After some thinking, we bought my favorite bookshelf from IKEA; Expedit and assembled it in what we call "The Typewriter Room."Each box in the bookcase is just barely large enough to hold a standard Royal-size portable typewriter. Pretty much every example from my collection fits. The only exception is the Facit. I have it set on top of the bookshelf along with a Royal Model O to give the top a visual balance. See for yourself in the photo-set below and please excuse me for showing off.

The Complete Adney Collection

U.S. Navy Aristocrat

This little three needs some polishing.

A new addition to my collection.
The platen is frightfully hard.

The trusty Model 7 gets a high spot.

My first typewriter.

Another shiny one.

The tawny twins.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Peter, You Rock!

I also snapped a few pictures from my third hour class. It was a very type-tastic day!