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A blog by a typewriter repair tech, for typewriter people. Embracing Analogue Is it time to update the introduction to this blog?  I think so.  I want you to close your eyes and imagine a massive library, vast and expansive in the knowledge it covers.  Please note that I don't actually want you to close your eyes, because then you wouldn't be able to read this.  Just close your mind's eye...your...pineal gland?  Anyway, imagine that big beautiful library has a catch.  Not a single dot of information in all those volumes has any practical use.  Now I also want you to imagine that most of the shelves are dry-rotted and the books appear in huge heaps all over the place without the slightest, faintest illusion of order.  As if it were ground zero of the "nuke of knowledge," the hazy aftermath of a several literary-megaton violent enlightenment that created this monumental catastrophe.   That library is me.  Well, no, I am not a physical library, I am in fact

1967 Olympia SG3

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  There was a time when I had convinced myself that I could somehow manage to write weekly blog posts.  Funnily enough, that was the time when I had only owned three typewriters, and had zero income to afford any more.  How I expected to write weekly about the same three machines is beyond me.  Yet here I am with more typewriters than I know what to do with, and I haven't updated my blog more frequently than like, twice a year.  Tirade aside, I'd like to tell you about the Olympia SG3, a machine that I serviced in an afternoon, and blogged about over the course of a month.   The Olympia SG3 is second in line in the SG series desktops.  It saw several different versions, with this one I believe being the second.  How the second, second typewriter is called a 3 I'll never know.  Despite lacking the cooler features of the earlier SG1, it still retains the high quality build features that made the early model so robust.  Mainly the sturdy cast iron frame, which is now two tone

Hermes: Patron God of Typewriters

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Hermes: The Patron God of Typewriters A brief examination of the impact of the Greek Pantheon on the typewriter.      As the old adage goes, “a picture says a thousand words,” and when we have a long standing picture, we call it symbolism.   Symbolism has long played an important role in human culture.   Throughout the ages symbols have said what words could not, transmitting abstract thoughts and ideas that serve to guide our thoughts and behaviors (Udechukwu 1).   Symbolism by its very nature is vital to human communication; it serves as the pathway for us to share complex ideas that have the ability to transcend time.   In the case of the ancient Greeks a variety of symbols were attributed to their many gods.   These symbols represented specific domains that the gods had patronage of, for Poseidon it was the trident, and for Zeus it was the lightning bolt.   Though the settings and context, like the Greek Pantheon, for many ancient symbols have long since eroded away, even some of t

A Typewriter Service Tech's Review on the LEGO Typewriter

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Nobody asked for this, yet I shall deliver nonetheless.  Lego announced their new set, the Lego Typewriter, last month.  It first became available for sale July 1st, and as a typewriter service technician by profession, it was not a set I could pass up.  I placed an order on their website early on July 1st, and patiently waited a mere 5 days until it arrived.  Honestly, I didn't have the time to be playing with Legos, but it was a procrastination temptation I couldn't resist. The set itself was much larger than I anticipated, and it included a very large instruction manual (which I will address later), plus a booklet of a letter by Thomas Kristensen, the current Lego head, printed in over 40 languages.  That was a cool touch.  The sand green colored exterior was also a lovely touch.  A unique retro-looking color that seems to harken back to a handful of actual typewriter models I feel this relates to a lot--mainly the Royal Signet of the Great Depression.   photo courtesy of Mr