Design Quirk Resurfaces, 52 years later!

So here’s the OLIVETTI Lettera 32, designed in 1963 by Marcello Nizzoli as an up date to his classic Lettera 22.


–and here’s a 2015 FUJI Declaration urban fixie/single speed bike.


… Vereee Interesssting…. Yes we do sell that Fuji model at Trophy Bikes PHL. Thinking of bringing in an L32 to show next to it.

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Now that’s motivation! If you type, it pours.

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Case Study REVEALED!

Ok, here are the machines inside each of those cases–from Left to Right:

SCM “Galaxy; SCM “Sterling”; Facit; Singer “Scholastic”; Royal “Model P”; Remington “Portable Model One”, Royal “Sahara.”

My sincere apologies for not getting a pic of these machines lined up… too busy yakking with Messrs. Ardito and Kruk.

HOWEVER… I think every one of these machines is up on Mr. Bryan Kruk’s Typewriters 101 page in the FOR SALE section. Click here to check them out! 

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Case Study

OK, here are their carapaces–what typewriters live inside these shells❓ 

 
Hometown Business Machines’ tech Michael Ardito had a meet-up at Trophy Bikes with Brian Kruk of Typewriters 101–here are the machines Mr. A worked on; seemed like a good oppty for a Case Study! Will post the “contents” in a day or two; let us know yr best guesses.

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So Long Philadelphia City Paper…

  
A real case of on-the-job training: got my first job as a newsguy (from a letter to the editor clacked out on an IBM electric) at the Philadelphia City Paper, which put out its 1,584th–and final issue today. It was great to get a mention inside from my editor Chris Hill, -and-to see founding publisher Bruce Schimmel’s old Royal typewriter on their last cover. 

             -33- 

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A Score, and Some Skips at the Clover Market in Ardmore PA

IMG_6154Modern 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 HermesIMG_6149

which I resisted because I am a Lettera 22/32 guy — and this Remington…IMG_6150

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!

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The Hero wields a Typewriter: See the Trailer!

TRUMBO

Lots of heroic hunt n’ peck — on a Hermes Ambassador (I think), among others! TRUMBO — coming to theaters everywhere!

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