Monday, January 26, 2015

My First Olivetti!

From now on, I'll be reverting to my Sunday-only posting schedule, at least until I get my bearings in Ste. Gen.

The day after learning about my new job, Courtney and I were at a local Goodwill looking for furniture. None of the Goodwills in my neck of the woods are much to speak of, especially if you want a typewriter.

But on that day, my luck changed.

Only problem is the missing "Olivetti Underwood Studio 21" plaque up front.
This is my new-to-me Olivetti Underwood 21! Snagged this puppy for $15 after spying the carry case. It was so large and so wide that at first, I thought it was a box of tools.

Of course, how could I resist a machine with a dealership sticker I don't have?
Is there somebody out there who has all fifty states and territories??

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I'm a big fan of convenience, and nothing's more convenient than being able to carry paper in the case.

I don't have time to elaborate on the machine's history, or trace the serial number. I wanted to have a font sample here for you, but I'm pretty sure it's a 10 point Pica. As far as problems go, it just needs a new ribbon (which isn't a problem, thanks to my calculator ribbon stash). I've barely had any time to type on it, so I won't have much of an opinion until several thousand words.

This is one of the few foreign machines in my collection, so I'm anxious to see how it performs!

Power to the pen!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Remington Special

I stumbled upon an odd machine while furniture shopping with Courtney.

Based on a quick Google search, I think it's a Standard #12. But, as you can see, there are several features that did not come on the standard Standard.

I can't find any information online, so I'm thinking it's a custom machine that was made for a particular office. The frame has "New York, USA" printed on it.

The pain is in excellent condition and the bell works, but the type basket is so fouled that you can't press any of the keys (except the space bar).

Seller asking $100. I passed because I just bought another machine, which I will feature in another post.

Look at the size of that paper tray!
What's that big lever on the left?
The ribbon spools lay on their sides!

Keys for really large numbers.

This serial number was not in the Typewriter Database.

So, there it is! Anyone got ideas?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I've Been Hired!

Wow. What a month it has been!

I'm in Murfreesboro right now finalizing some wedding plans. Woke up early this morning and decided to let everyone know what I've been up to.

First thing's first. My surgery went well. The ulnar nerve in my right elbow had been popping for a while. Turns out it was grinding against the joint. The doctor said I needed to have it relocated before it suffered permanent damage. I've been out of the cast for about a week and the arm feels great.

But, I've got even better news.

Starting next Wednesday, I will begin my brand new full-time job with the Missouri State Park Service!

I've been hoping and praying for this for a long time. With a wedding just two months away, I was starting to wonder how I'd support us. I wonder no more! My new job will be assisting with historic interpretation at the Felix Valle House in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

Ste. Genevieve was an old French colony during the pre-Revolution era. Founded in 1735, it is not only the oldest town west of the Mississippi, it boats some of the oldest French colonial architecture on the continent.

I've very grateful to have been selected for the position.

One of the best perks? I'll be less than an hour from St. Louis, where Jones' Typewriter is located!

Which brings me to my next topic.

My parents surprised me yet again on my birthday. This Remington Rand De Luxe Model 5 is a pretty piece! Based on the serial number, I think it's a 1941 model.

Unfortunately, they forgot that I am not a fan of the gear-oriented typing mechanism. I used to have one of these and ended up selling it to fund my Olympia SM9.

Vern from Jones' Typewriter said I could trade it towards something else, and since I'll be living very close to him, I think I'll do just that. I have a small list of the top three items I'd like to find, but I'm open to suggestions from anyone in the Typosphere. There are lots of machines I've never put my hands on before, so I'm anxious to see what he has in stock. Aside from that, I've got a few machines that need his help, like Skyfall!

I hope you are having a wonderful New Year. I got some positive feedback from my beta readers on my manuscript, so now I'm querying agents! Hopefully my skills have improved and one of them agrees to represent me.

Meanwhile, I'm just going to sit back and thank God for putting all of the pieces together.

Power to the pen!

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Year Resolution: Recovery!