Thursday, October 11, 2012
Annotated Miscellany - Typewriters Here and There
I leaned down to pet it a bit and look wistfully; it occurs to me that this is the first SG-3 I have come across in the wild, and I do wish we had met under better conditions. Then I saw a few slugs and snails had sought shelter under it and I scurried off with a shriek...
Yes, in Geneva it (almost) literally rains typewriters... a shame, as I know this SG-3 is highly-regarded by many writers. My friend Deek over at Type Clack comes to mind...
A day after the first sighting, I saw it again. This time, moved into a more sheltered spot where it waited for the removal truck in the company of some stained couches. I can only save so many typewriters from the trash, you know.
Speaking of one man's trash and all that - here is a look in the shop window of a printer store in downtown Geneva, offering an Olympia Traveller C (far inferior in quality to the SG-3) for a whopping 200 francs. To be fair, I cannot imagine they are moving many of these units in any case; this is the only store I have come across in Geneva actually claiming to sell (at least one) new manual typewriter.
At a garage sale, a lady was keen to offer me a good price on this late '70s Royal when she noticed my interest. "Oh, no, Ma'am", I waved her off, "I do not find my life at present devoid of typewriters. You have no idea." She backed down graciously.
And here's one for the "should-have-got-it-just-because-but-successfully-resisted" archives: this pretty nice-looking orange Hermes Baby. Still kicking myself, but only half-heartedly. No special typeface, but still, these don't turn up so often. And from the looks of that shiny white space bar, it had seen limited use. Oh, well.
Looking forward to returning to the flea market this weekend; it has been ages what with travel, and bad weather, etc. Fingers crossed for clear skies on Saturday! I think this has been the longest stretch (six weeks?) without hunting; I do hope to spot something intriguing after the long wait.