Monday, January 31, 2011

January 2011: Round-up of typewriter sightings

The pace of new typewriter sightings has slowed considerably since I spotted the Alpina in the first week of January, but that is mostly my fault as I am not visiting the usual haunts quite so regularly, not being in the market for a new acquisition etc. However, I did want to write a round up at the end of every month, so here are a few flea market sightings from the past couple of weeks:

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This Remington Noiseless Portable was the most impressive of the lot - much smaller than I had expected from pictures I've seen online, and it appeared very clean and well-looked after. A definite temptation, if not for that AZERTY keyboard!

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The seller of this Mignon index typewriter was very proud of it indeed, and in fact printed out a sheet from a collector's website to illustrate how prized it is (the laminated sheet was being read by a prospective customer when I took this photo). I believe he was asking about $500!

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A Hermes Media typewriter being offered for $20.

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Ditto. (Ok - this one's an earlier model and it's actually a Hermes 2000; it has a touch control regulator which is the main difference.)

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This Royal is from a bit earlier in the year, when there was still snow on the ground. A rather huge standard machine! Not very common around these parts, though.

Thanks to Deek, February has been declared Typewriter Appreciation Month! As I cannot very well organize a one-person type-in, I shall observe it by sending typewritten letters to fellow typosphere-dwellers. I have heard tell of a writing circle around these parts - how do I join? Do I write letters to everyone in the circle first, or do some people write first and surprise me (hint, hint)? I would be very glad for some clarification on the concept, which I think is an excellent idea, and I look forward to joining in the fun. Time to stock up on some pretty Swiss stamps!

3 comments:

  1. I think if you post your address, the letters will start coming in.

    Thanks for sharing the Geneva typewriter sightings!

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  2. Yes, indeed. The Arizona weather is turning gloomy and I shall have some time to write a few letters.

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  3. I just love those "don't touch" signs you see ever so often on fleamarket machines.

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