Saturday, July 30, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
View from the top of the Verbois dam: the funny thing is this was not where we were headed when we set out that morning, but we got sort of... well, lost. Turned out ok, though, we just walked around for a bit and then caught the next bus home. Besides, I hadn't seen the dam before, so it was an interesting excursion nevertheless.
Along the Rhone river, the Cheneviers incineration plant. Right next to the dam, actually.
Somewhere over the Allondon river, a charming railway bridge. This was still at the time when there was an alleged drought, as the water level is low enough that one could practically skip across the stones to the other side.
It's been a while since I brought out this Hermes 3000 with its adorable Epoca typeface, so here we are. And in case you missed the post earlier this year where I showed this off, here is some type slug macro action:
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Often overlooked, the Underwood Universal is an excellent typewriter that can hold its own against other highly-recommended workhorses like the Hermes 3000, Olivetti Studio 44 or Lettera 32, and Olympia SM-9.
On a separate note, we have not had a full day of sun for weeks now, so I am unable to take the usual photos in natural light. Fortunately, someone around here is handy with a fancy camera, tripod, and lights so I hope these new pictures will be as appreciated as the others were. (The orange background will return when the weather cooperates.)
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
This is only about 15% of the total received, and 25% of the total brought home for further exploration.
I could think of no better background for my pen pictures than the beautifully photographed book "Feder, Tinte und Papier" by Eric Le Collen, which I also received from Herr Wepf some time back. Here is the Parker 61, closed.
... and open. You can just see the outline near the nib where the decorative gold arrow fell off. A distinctive mark, certainly, but the pen writes just as well without it.
My new favorite work pen - very slim, lovely gold-plated detailing, and I rather like the world map/ time zone design. Elysee was a German pen manufacturer that closed sometime in the late '90s, this pen is marked "West Germany", so it would have been made before '89.
No branding on this fountain pen, but it is a slim piston-fill model that works quite well (used for this pencast, with J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite ink).
Caran d'Ache silver ballpoint pen, in the trademark hexagonal shape that is meant to evoke the classic pencil shape. It took a lot of scrubbing to get that gleam after years of neglect, but that's the nice thing about silver - it looks great now. A timeless design that is still being made and sold; I see them all the time in stores.
Broad-nibbed Rotring Art Pen. The long tapered stem evokes a classic dip pen, and the nibs can be swapped for other sizes from Rotring. Uses cartridges/ converters, and is perfectly fine for regular writing too.
Thanks again, Herr Wepf! I shall delve back into the box and present some other treasures on the blog from time to time.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Georg's write-up, that this dates from circa 1973.
cursive Hermes Baby I spotted on Flickr and lusted after for so many months.
Here is a link to the first typewriter, a Hermes Baby, that I posted on the blog last July.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I bought the case anyway, as I have a Lettera 22 exactly like the one Algebra Girl up there is holding, and we discarded the case some time back when it started to fall apart. (That, by the way, is from a postcard that J's mum sent to us more than two years ago. Absolutely prescient.)
This reminded me that I've been shirking my ephemera posting duties lately, so here is an instruction manual for the Hispano Olivetti Pluma 22, a typewriter we acquired at the end of last summer and has been already featured on the blog.
A soft paintbrush is the recommended tool for cleaning off dust.
The proper way to lift off the ribbon cover (oops, I suppose prying it off from the sides was a rather daft idea...).
Of course it makes perfect sense to clean the typebars with a rag underneath to collect debris... why didn't I think of it?
Thursday, July 14, 2011
A favorite weekend activity this summer - as always - is making our rounds of the local markets. In addition to the usual flea market, each neighborhood in Geneva is given a weekend to organize a communal garage sale, and while I haven't yet worked up the nerve to set out my own unwanted items on the sidewalk, I don't mind browsing through others'. We went to quite a few of the markets this year, spotting the occasional Lettera 32, and then once coming across this impressive cluster: an Adler desktop (looks fun to use, look at that huge return lever!), a Hermes standard, and the ubiquitous Lettera 32 (seriously, enough already).
To conclude, it seems like the most interesting find this time around is the Canadian-made Underwood Correspondent! An internet search reveals nothing quite like this, although it is clearly a relabeled Universal of some sort. Any insights?