Modern Basic Typewriting was issued in Philly the same year I appeared; couldn’t resist, and the carpenter’s rule seemed like a good idea. Found at the Clover Market, a “curated” setup, which is not such a bad idea–free-for-all flea markets can have acres of warped records and shoddy 2nd-hand Ikea; the Clover stands all looked pretty good, and saw 6 or ten typers, all more or less working and all under $100, including this nice little Baby by Hermes
which I resisted because I am a Lettera 22/32 guy — and this Remington…
which I could easily resist because I already have a Remington Portable 1, that I even had the platen recovered on by Cambridge Typewriter (which quieted it like 1/2 a decibel) — it is a real Polly Want a Clacker!
Lots of heroic hunt n’ peck — on a Hermes Ambassador (I think), among others! TRUMBO — coming to theaters everywhere!
From a package of Spring Typing Paper (ca 1970s?), made in Roaring Spring, PA. That’s all for today.
Incredible PELOTON story of an Italian reporter and his Olivetti Lettera 32 at the Tour de Frace, still a team after decades of covering cycling and other sports.
Reporter Gianni MURA covers Le Tour using his Olivetti Lettera 32. STORY and PHOTOs by James STARTT.
Great writing and soulful pictures for Peloton by photojournalist James Startt. Tomorrow I am going to write something about this great race on my Lettera 32; so inspiring! The Lettera 32 was always a favorite for on-the-scene reporting; there are great shots of it being used in Vietnam, and ringside at some of the greatest Ali fights. ICYMI — here is a boss NYT story about James Startt and how he covers the world’s longest sporting event. Great stuff. Thanks, Gianni and James for getting out there and bringing the race stories to us.
Franz Ferdinand meets Sparks and Music flies!
But the lads need some technology to center their album cover around–this vintage machine makes it happen.
As always, perhaps Richard P. or some others out there can help ID the handsome machine Ron’s playing here. FFS on NPR
Under strong lobbying from the next generation–we were forced to load paper into our machines and commence typing at 11:49 ; bit of a shock since we have never before started a Type-IN on time, much less early!
As always, Bryan Kruk of NJ brought some beauties–including these two Olivettis.