Wide Carriages

It’s a morning of musings, it seems. One search led to another, which in turn led to wandering around as one does on the Internet (so productive!), which led me to this great ad from 1913: Monarch Typewriter ad featuring wide carriage options. (1913 U. of Maine Prism Magazine Yearbook) No, this isn’t a holiday…

Packing a Vintage Typewriter for Safe Transport

I thought I’d do two things at once for today’s post: cover some best practices for shipping typewriters AND ask the seller of a recent purchase to please pack carefully. Here’s the item in question: an Adler Universal, just purchased for the low, low price of $5.95 plus no small amount in shipping: Subject: Winning…

An Embassy of Ambassadors

Here’s something you don’t see every day: There are three Hermes Ambassadors in the house in house tonight. They are all 3rd-generation, representing 1964-1965, single & dual ribbon systems, standard 13″ carriage and the ever-so-slightly wider 15″ (see right). The one in the foreground and the one on the left type in Director Pica, while…

Triple Take: Japy-Hermes Regent

So what are the odds? After my post about a full-sized Patria based on the rare and elusive Hermes Regent, I come across a Japy-branded machine with all the keys, levers and buttons of a Hermes Regent (or Hermes Ambassador): I have to say, this one gets points for the original color scheme! Pity it…