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Kowal Portable Typewriter and Adding Machine No. 2 — The Deco Model

Several years ago, I turned my computer into the Kowal Portable Typewriter and Adding Machine, basing the design on some of the typewriters my husband and I collect. When I had to replace that, I was sad and planned on modding my new computer. I got as far as making the stickers and then we …

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The final Typewriter Triptych story: Playing to Type

This is the final story in my typewriter triptych at Sharable.net. The first two are “A Type of Favor” and “Playing Against Type.” Here’s your teaser. Gloria flexed her wrists trying to work some of the tension out of them while she waited for the propmaster to reset the scene. How had secretaries used typewriters like this …

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USB Typewriter for the win!

This USB typewriter is just brilliant. The fact that it can also function as a typewriter so that if you want to write on paper and then have a computer copy is a beautiful thing. Thanks to Jon Freestone for sending a link to this beauty my way.

Duotone Royal Portable

So, you may have noticed that I have a thing about typewriters… Years ago I passed up a typewriter described as Ox-blood red and have regretted it ever since. When I made the Kowal Portable, I based it on the Ox-blood red machine. This is not the exact model typewriter that I passed on, but …

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Cormac McCarthy’s Typewriter Dies After 50 Years and Five Million Words | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

We aren’t bidding on it, but I hope it finds a good home. Cormac McCarthy, author of cheery favorites such as The Road and Blood Meridian, is about to trade in the typewriter he used to write them. The Olivetti Lettera 32 has been in his care for 46 years, since 1963, and it wasn’t …

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CORONA for XMAS

Modern Mechanix posted this old ad for Corona typewriters. We have a slightly later model and I have to say that their claim that it’s the “finest, the fastest, the smoothest and easiest-running” is pretty darn true. It’s the machine that we are most likely to pull out when we need to type something because …

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Typewriter Reassembly Art

I’m not sure how I feel about these sculptures by Jeremy Mayer from old typewriters. On the one hand, cool! On the other hand, I wish that these machines were in use.

Typewriter question

Since I have all of these new folks stopping by to look at the typewriter mod, maybe one of you will have an idea of how to do the other nifty thing I want. I want a USB carriage return. You know? I mean, how perfect would that be to be able to plug that …

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Off to Readercon

I’m heading up to Readercon for the weekend and will be taking the Kowal Portable Typewriter and Adding Machine with me. I’m already getting double-takes from passersby as I sit at the coffee shop, so I think it is a success. That, plus the sudden surge in website traffic…

Typewritten stories

We picked up the last of our typewriters (portable Smith-Corona with black pebbled finish) from the repair shop today. It has a smooth and lovely action. I typed a letter to celebrate. I think that, once we are in New York, I want to write a couple of short stories on our typewriters. I was …

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The Oliver

Rob and I collect typewriters, and the Oliver, featured in this 1922 ad on Modern Mechanix is the prize of our collection. The visible action is beautiful and smooth. It’s so nice to see the original ad copy for it.

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