Sunday, January 25, 2015

Moped madness in Saigon

No typewriter sightings in Saigon but here's the next best thing back in Chicago- Huy, 
a kindred retrophile of Vietnamese parentage, takes my Olivettis for a spin. Note his 
unusual finger contortion. He says the pics are cool because they make him look like
he knows what he's doing.

* Typecast via Olivetti Lexikon 80

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The immigrant: Royal Quiet De Luxe

* Interesting back story: this Royal QDL came from an old Catholic convent.
* End of the school year, it's the time when faculty members have deadlines to meet. Then in a few days, I'll be flying to Southeast Asia. I'm curious what typewriter sightings await me there. Postings will be sporadic until I return mid-January. Cheers to all!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lettera what? i.d. the Olivetti mystery typewriter

Hi Gio, thanks for reading my blog and for sending this. Unusual indeed. It could have been a switching of labels, a real good job. Or a production mistake, which is unlikely. Or a Frankentyper (a cross with what?). What's more puzzling to me are the heart-shaped keys, I've seen round (the earlier 50s model) and square (like the L32) but not this. And believe me, I've seen a lot of Letteras. Would you mind if I post this on I dream lo-tech? Let's ask the typosphere, especially the international bloggers. The truth is out there...  -TON S.

After an exciting exchange with Nick B. who has such a sharp sleuthing eye, here are some of our findings:

> The heart-shaped keys are most likely from an Underwood 21
> The paper table looks more like that of an L32, judging from the color. Nick, you are good!
> The red tab key is not from an L32 or any Olivetti for that matter, Nick noticed that it is not even flat
>  Nick was right, voila, I found the red tab key to match that of the Rover 5000:

Compare this close-up of Gio's red tab
with the Rover's below.

from ebay

I think it's practically solved. The mystery machine has a Lettera 22 body, a Lettera 32 paper table and label, the keys of an Underwood 21, and the red tab key of a Rover 5000!

Gio, it looks like you've got yourself a Frankentyper.
Enjoy it!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Finally, a drive-in movie! (well, almost)

Typecast via Olivetti Lexikon 80

Something movie-related: photographer and lo-tech
reader Ping Amranand shared this Olivetti sighting with
me- a 60's photo of Joan Collins and her Lettera 22.
A pricey ebay listing at $40, but at least I saved the
photo for posterity. Thanks for yet another sighting
Ping, keep them coming! You can find Ping's website
on the sidebar.