Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Mother's Love

The label underneath the left side of the carriage has been worn away.

This machine has only one color option, though the black square has been worn off.
The button above the margin release is a mystery. Possibly for accent marks?

The disconnected G key. I've got no idea how this happens, but it's not difficult to pop back into place.

Right side of the ribbon guide that allows the ribbon to pass freely.
As a result, the ribbon gets snagged on the line guide behind it and blocks my view of the text.
The ribbon guide is crimped at the top, allowing ribbons to be threaded on, but tight enough to keep it in place.
I accidentally opened it while putting the new one on, and now I can't get it back together the right way.
I've tried needle nose pliers, but the opening doesn't shrink even if I bend the metal.

You think they would have put this in a more visible area.
The line guide. It needs to be cleaned. The text appears between the two red marks.

I've seen a few of these SCMs before, but never gave them a second look. While they aren't as common as the 1950s Sterlings/Super Silents (in my experience), they're a close second.

This machine did not come with a carry case, but I suspect that it is at Grandma's house in the attic or garage. I'll ask her to keep an eye out for it. I'm very happy to have this machine, being the only typewriter in my collection that I've inherited, and doubly happy that I was able to fix the major problems without breaking anything.

It doesn't operate 100% perfectly. I've already mentioned the ribbon guide issue, but capitol letters and numbers seem to trigger an escapement problem. The carriage doesn't advance the same way. I can't quite describe it, but you'd notice if you were typing.

However, I can use it for small jobs. My penmanship is terrible and script font adds a much more personal touch to correspondence. Might need to be tuned up before I tackle any long letters.

This will be a guarded heirloom for the rest of my life.

Mother. There ain't no other. So treat her right.
                                                                           – Mr. T

Power to the pen!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wow. Facebook.

Yup. Sounds about right.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Triumph of the Will*

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
"Each journey begins with a small step."

Took me forever to find the dang serial number.

It's official: I like circular glass keys more than any other.

It's been a wonderful week, and it's not even Christmas yet!

I interviewed for a job, and on the way back I was tempted to buy not one, but two beautiful Royals.

Royal KHM. Ribbon color selector is weak, probably non-functional. Needs new ribbon. $55

Royal 10. Works perfectly...but the glass keys were replaced at some time in its life. $55.
Not bad, but not what I want in a legendary machine like this. The right shift now says "Fletcher Ty. Co."

Yes, you read correctly. Tempted, but I'm still bound by my pledge not to buy another one until after I'm married. We kinda need that money for honeymoon stuff. I never expected to get a typewriter for any kind of present and then the folks pulled a fast one on me. I mean a really fast one. The Triumph was supplied through Jones' Typewriter in St. Louis. The case is falling apart. Very unfortunate, since it will complicate storage. I'll have to be extra careful with this gem.

Speaking of my one-and-only, Courtney came to see me graduate. We hadn't been together since August. Boy were we overdue! We're really earning our keep in the relationship department.

She brought me a very special present.

It's so cute! I'm going to pick up every penny I find. It'll be a perfect addition to my writing desk.
(It's a bank...since you can't tell from this angle)

She's a keeper, no?

Rhetorical question.

Now that I'm finally done with my fun week, job interview, graduation, and other random stuff that kept coming up, I can finally get back to reading manuscripts for my beta exchange and maybe, just maybe, write a little myself.

I'm tempted to post more stuff this week to make up for lost time, but then I thought "Nah, everyone else is relaxing. You should be too."

So, I will see you at the dawn of the new year....unless something super special awesome comes up, like this.

Power to the pen!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday Break

Recouping from the fun I've been having. Will return you to our regularly scheduled program as soon as possible.

Friday, December 5, 2014

An Important Announcement

Well, it probably won't have any bearing on your lives, but...

I passed my last comprehensive final! I'm officially getting my Master's degree!