Samstag, 30. Juni 2012

Freitag, 29. Juni 2012

Innovation?


A few days ago, Apple introduced a new Macbook Pro. The laptop computer with a $2200 price tag already proved to be rather irrepairable: The case is sealed with proprietary screws, the battery is glued on, the entire screen unit is one piece, if the high-resolution screen breaks, the cover with camera, antennas etc. needs to be replaced - at immense cost, probably. The SSD-memory is an entirely new, proprietary type, and the RAM is glued on. If anything goes wrong with your expensive laptop, they want you to visit the Apple store for costly repairs. They did their best at hindering you from fixing the computer yourself. This is a 1923 Corona 3. The ribbon advancing mechanism is pretty complicated, yet I was able to repair it easily. There are "service holes" to insert a screw- driver if you need to fix a screw inside the shift mechanism. Everything is easy to repair and practical. For decades, typewriter ribbons were the same 33mm wide. Most typewriters share the excact same spools, only few have different solutions, for example the smaller spools of this Corona 3 - but it‘: only a matter of respooling. Apple even changed a magnet connection for a cable with their newest Macbook - $25, please. maschinengeschrieben.blogspot.com Corona 3 This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere

Donnerstag, 28. Juni 2012

Trouvaille: Lightweight Typebars


Found in the archives of the New York Public Library.

Mittwoch, 27. Juni 2012

Dienstag, 26. Juni 2012

Video: Dear Olive

An old novelist and her Lettera 22. Some great shots telling about a long relationship.

Montag, 25. Juni 2012

Yet another Type-In...




Onionskin typewriter paper in use at Café La cuna, Basel. Three Urania typewriters in action. Groma Kolibri alias Neckermann Brillant Junior on three-legged chair. This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere

Samstag, 23. Juni 2012

Sheep just love typewriters.




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Freitag, 22. Juni 2012

Typewriter Day's Tomorrow!

Long Live The Typewriter!

Tomorrow June 23 is typewriter day! Four score and 4 years ago, Christopher Latham Sholes received the patent for the Typewriter. Celebrate Typewriter day tomorrow! This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere

Donnerstag, 21. Juni 2012

Zurich Type-Hunt.


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Dienstag, 19. Juni 2012

Video: Writer's Block


Any idea which typewriter's typebars are being tortured towards the end?
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Samstag, 16. Juni 2012

Buongiorno Lugano!





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Freitag, 15. Juni 2012

The Collection: Corona 3




The Collection: Corona 3 In the series "The Collection" the typewriters in the collection of maschinengeschrieben are presented. This Friday, it's the Corona 3. In 1907, the Standard Folding Typewriter went into production. Despite its"groundbreakingly portable masures, sales were rather low. In 1909, the rights were sold to a consortium, and production was moved to Groton. To make the name suitable for the European market, the machine was renamed to Corona in 1911. The Corona 3 was very popular with allied troops during the first World War, and in 1919, a total of 275'900 machines had been sold, 81'OOO in 1919 alone. Even though more advanced typewriters like the Underwood 3, the Remington Portable or the Corona 4 were introduced over time, the Corona 3 stayed in production until 1941, with over 700'OO0 specimen made, thus making it one of the most successful typewriters in history. With that high number of Corona 3s produced, it's a happy fact that many of them survived. My Corona Three was produced in 1922, the tiny serial number stamping at the underside of the back frame says 578623.The first thing that one notices when seeing a Corona 3 is how small (and cute) it is. It's tiny! The solution of folding the carriage with ribbon assemblage over the keyboard for carrying makes the Corona really compact, the case is only 11.5x32x24 cm and weighs (with typewriter) 4.4 kg. Thea} itself is only 3.1 kg light. When typing on the Corona 3, one notices the "missing" keyboard row, but the double- shift is actually pretty intuitive, I think I achieve a slightly lower typing speed but amke few errors (ha. ha.) Also, there's plenty of room for special charac- ters, allowing all the numbers, but only by omitting the Umlaute, there's alos room for «Sam on my keyboard that was (at least once) equipped with a special type- slug. There's °‘°/ and + as well, but surprisingly no asterisk. Typing feel is good, noise a bit sharp. Totally recommended to everyone. ’" maschinengeschrieben.blogspot.com Corona 3 This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere

Donnerstag, 14. Juni 2012

Some other piece of office machinery.



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Some other type of office machinery. Millenia ago, men counted items with their fingers. They invented stone carvings, abaci, thousands of different methods to do number work. But they wanted to calculate bigger numbers, multiply more and add faster. The adding machine was a dream of mankind, and the first adding machine was invented in 1623 by Wilhelm Schickard, but they weren't mass-produced until the mid of the 19th century. As with typewriters, there was a broad variety of basic priniples for adding machine. Some could only mult add and suctract, but the more interesint machines can multiply and divide as well. Very advanced models could even calculate the square root of a number, automatically. If crank-operated, without electricity. In 1908, the MADAS (Multiplication, automatic division, addition, subtraction) calculating machine was first produced in Zurich. In 1935, the MADAS 16 entered production. It is a massive machine, weighing 12 kg and featuring a keyboard of 8x9 number keys. But watch the MADAS l6L in action: This awesome post was brought to you by the mighty Typosphere

Mittwoch, 13. Juni 2012

Backup.



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Dienstag, 12. Juni 2012

Video: IBM Selectric Ad

"It turns, tilts, prints."
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Montag, 11. Juni 2012

Typeface Comparison.

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Samstag, 9. Juni 2012

The Engadine Typewriter and the Engadine Photobook.


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