Typewritten: Introduction

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog.  That was a very bland opening sentence.They often say that the first and last sentences are the only ones people really remember.I guess I’ll go down in history as the guy with the cheesy welcoming line.Which is okay, I like cheese.Anyway, reasons and anecdotes aside, I wanted to share with you something that has consumed an unhealthy portion of my life.  Typewriters.  Perfected pieces of ingenious mechanical engineering.      I know too much about them, I think it’s affecting my social life.  I mean, would you want to hang around the guy who’s talking nonstop about how Sholes and Glidden invented the QWERTY layout and got their machine prototyped by Thomas Edison and then sold their patent to Remington which became the Remington 1?  Sounds boring...or at least that’s what normal people would say.  I find it fascinating, but then again, I’m not a normal person.   I’m not quite sure what drives my passion for these single-purpose, clunky, mechanic…

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What is the optimal placement of bail rollers?

Pictured above is what I perceive to be the optimal placement of Bail rollers.  The inside rollers from left to right should be at 3 and 5.25 respectively, with the margin set at 1, and the page set at 0.  In Pica, this would be a margin at space 10, and the inner sides of the rollers at space 30 and space 52.
When the rollers are too far apart, the page bows up in the middle and slaps around a bit.
 When they are to close, the page bows the opposite way.  The Royal user manual recommends that they be no further than three inches apart.  If they’re too far apart, the edge of the page can crinkle up.
If your machine has one roller, center it.  If it has more than two, have one in the center, and evenly space the rest.  Paper fingers should be right at the edge of the margins, so the writing guide doesn’t push them, but merely nestles up against them.

But then again, it’s your machine.  You’re free to do whatever you want with it, and I really don’t care what that is.

If you don’t wan…

Making rubber feet pt1

As we all know, over time, rubber feet become less rubbery and less foot-ish.  There are a variety of services offered by a ton of amazing people out there to restore your rubber parts, or to make new ones.  I, however, am not one of their patrons due to my foolhearty and somewhat unrealistic urge to do everything on a zero dollar budget.
So here is my $0 way to make new feet.  Poorly documented, yes, but this was more of a test run to see how it would work out.  I’ll document it better once I can do it better.  I don’t like documenting my failures.

I got this machine three years ago, and have used it every day since.  It needed a fair bit of work to get it going, and I’ve written about that in past pages.  Up until now, it has had these foam pads glued to the base to keep the frame from scratching up the desk.  A mistake I made with my first machine many years ago.  Recently, I decided it was time to make new feet.  I accomplished this with a few things I had around the house, tap …

Fahrenheit 451: the book that predicted the future

Science fiction was one genre that I never spent a whole lot of time in.  Jules Verne’s work always held a special place in my opinions, as did some of the works of H.G. Wells.  Bradbury, however, only made his way into my life through one book.  Such was the case for many people.  His dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 was his crowning achievement.  I picked up the book for the first time in 6th grade, and it enraptured me.  I read it a couple other times and came away with more and more.  It’s what those big city newspapers would call a “parable of our times.”  The book was written in 1951, but takes place a decade or two in our future.  At least after 2020.  His wishes, as he once said,I weren’t to predict the future, rather to prevent it.  A cryptic statement to say the least, but altogether too valid.  He saw the road our world was headed to even before it had even happened.   The premise of the book follows the main character, Guy Montag, who is a fireman in the future.  His job is t…

1957 Remington Quiet-Riter

I was given a job of repairing this 1957 Remington Quiet-Riter that one of my friends had picked up from a resale shop.  The second half of the front badge had snapped off, leaving the machine with a curious title, granting it the nickname “Remi” on behalf of the owner.  It gave it character.  The machine had defiantly seen better days, the surface rust was all encompassing, the paint was worn thin, the segment shift was not shifting, and the entire machine was filed with dust, spider webs, and hair. Other than that, the entire thing was functional, it was just the amount of dirt and grime that made it appear broken.  It had an American QWERTY keyboard, and typed in an Elite typeface.  The original ribbon was intact and still nice and dark.  As for the case, I’m not a dry cleaner.  I’m a typewriter-fixer.  I tried cleaning it as best I could, but it wasn’t perfect.  The handle squeaked and the latch didn’t latch, but it did have a luggage tag with the original owner’s name and address.…

Royal Model 10

Around the turn of the century, two men named Hess and Meyers came up with the idea for a frictionless ball bearing track.  This invention caught the eyes of investors who helped the up and coming inventors into starting Royal Typewriter in 1904.  Their first model, the flatbed, was wildly successful, and was one of the predecessors to the Model 10.
The Royal Model 10 was a desktop model, and it weighed between 30 and 40 pounds.  Production on these machines began in late 1913 and ran until around 1931.  The first variation of the machine had open side panels to display the intricate mechanics.  This later changed into two beveled glass panels on either side in late 1915.  The final change to the overall design was single glass bevels on either side replacing the double ones in 1923.  By 1931, the company had produced over a million machines, though on October 9th of 1926, the company announced their millionth machine in total: not just the Model 10. In 1927, the company purchased a sma…