I’ve got a nasty habit of collecting and purchasing things in pairs… Check out the suite of typewriter pairs I had at one stage.

My husband gives me “the look” every time we hit the shops and I exit with pairs of everything (sometimes multiple pairs, oh dear). I can’t help it, and I’m beginning to think it’s a real problem!

Proof of my OCD-ness is the horde of Model P’s. The most I have had at any time was probably 4 as per this post (two dark greens, one lime green, and one crinkled blue). Very pretty together, but I ended up keeping just three (Lime green, forest green and peach).

Two’s dandy but three’s a crowd for sure!


So how did I end up with three of a kind?
Honestly… I haven’t got the slightest of clues. :/


Lyla came first from Germany about 20 weeks ago. It already had a known drawstring issue, and that the ribbon covers were missing. The original eBay listing had the machine beautifully pictured, and I assumed that the keyboard was a German one. Imagine the surprise when it was revealed to be an Italian board! I got onto cleaning it pretty quickly, and I unknowingly smoothed out the rose gold panels… I thought it was funny look dirt then I saw it sparkle in the light. :(

The innards have odd rusting and oxidation, hopefully there’s a cure out there, somewhere.

I wasn’t game enough to fix the drawstring up till recently. I think the recent Type-In gave me written courage ;)


Fast forward to 17 weeks ago — this handsome bugger of gold and black turned up around Christmas time complete with original manual and in great condition. Went a little bit smarter with this one and used a toothbrush for the gold panels. The gold on the panels aren’t as bright as the lavender one, but still really handsome.


Then 3 weeks ago this scarlet mountain ash stunner of a smasher made it to our door right before I went away to Brisbane. It was a little bit of a wait for Scarlette to get to me from The States, the eBay seller was sick.
Gleaming innards, scratched hot body and a little problem with twisted cat gut is everything a collector wants. Wrangling the drawstring was a bit interesting but got it settled after an hour or so. Types like a dream!

Looking at it still gives me the shivers.


Putting the three up together made me realise that I have touched almost all colours in the DuPont DUCO® Finish… well at least in the base colours.  The cream and gold one is the only one in my to-touch list… or to-own :)

Be ready for more Corona 4’s! (and a manual)


J’s Mr. Green, Singapore


Steve Snow’s blue wonder, Brisbane


Ms K’s maroon madness, Singapore


Original size manual


Web sized manual

I think that’s enough Corona 4’s for the day, don’t you think?
Have a good weekend!

ITAM – Mignon Goodness



I have a suspicion Mignon’s were made for the handicap.


But this post isn’t about what I have on the way, it’s about this beautiful Mignon 4! (which I think was one of the first few typewriters I purchased into my spiral.)



Mignon 4, serial number 230746, 1925


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Appreciating different designs in different sorts of typewriters, this is part of what the ITAM is about.

I’m really pleased with this Mignon 4. The design is simple and functional – the flower like gears ensures that the type cylinder corresponds to the exact letter in the area the pointer is at. Only one word echos in my mind every time I pull the walnut wood lid off — “Ingenious.” The versatility it provides with interchangeable indexes and cylinders make this typewriter just incredible. Just a pop under da’ hood and a change of the cylinder and it feels like you have a whole new typewriter.
It’s design is simple, and is one I’m sure typewriter designers in their day have forehead-slapped themselves for not thinking simpler.

This set I got from Germany was really expensive, but it was worth every cent. Pristine working condition and came with extra goodies:


Oh the goodies! Original manual in German, brushes and the other two type sets.


Bulletin, Fraktur and Italics

Three index-cylinder sets?
Oh yes pleases.

The Fraktur and bulletin typeface is gorgeous, and that’s two typefaces off my wanted list.
Fraktur is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m sure I’ll be churning out some correspondence to a few lovers I know soon. My letter pile has been growing and I really should just dive in and reply! I promise, soon!

I’ve been meaning to get back into the swing of typewriter things but the rains in Darwin has been pretty severe. Laundry is taking two and a half days to get dry, and I’m not ready to deal with rusty or mouldy machines.  The air feels a little heavy, but nothing like what it was in October/November. I swear I felt like I was drowning in air.

Oh crumb, I just realised one of the cases in the to-clean-cabinet is covered in mould.
Time to get a move on, got a couple of posts lined up for the next few days. Hopefully it’ll see the light of day sooner than later.
Happy ITAM guys, can’t wait to read more awesome posts, and thanks for reading ;)

P.S. Mignon Manual download here:






Presents for the Typosphere!

Well, it’s not really presents but I think it’s pretty handy — User Manuals!
Here’s scans of 8 original user manuals I’ve managed to get, with web friendly versions available. If you’re using this other than personal use please credit it back to this blog, I’ll really appreciate it.
Click on the pictures for the direct links!

User manuals as listed:

  • Oliver Courier Portable
  • LC Smith & Corona Portable 4
  • Underwood 18
  • Olympia SF De Luxe
  • Olivetti Lettera 22
  • Royal 240, Sprite
  • Sperry Rand Remington, various later made models.
  • Olivetti Valentine



Oliver Courier SCP4

Underwood18 Olympia SF Olivetti L22

Royal 240 RSR Olivetti Valentine



Oliver Courier SCP4

Underwood18 Olympia SF Olivetti L22

Royal 240 RSR Olivetti Valentine


Valentine Manual

Okay, so I’ve spent the whole day bludging and being in minor pain.
I just wasted the morning by waking up at 11am (which was kind of nice because I had almost zero sleep the night before), watched tv and browsed various websites till about 4, went back to bed for a lie down at 5 with a headache building up, then got up at 6.

Now, so then I spend the whole night being totally active and with less pain!
After 6 I made dinner – a very weird dry pasta that I made up a while ago and my hubby loves it. I thought it couldn’t get drier then when I last made it but it so did.
It was still yummy anyways, my MIL (mother in law) really liked it.
It’s mushroom and leek and shredded chicken pasta garnished with bacon. Yes, bacon just tops it always.

Then I spend the rest of the night trying to digitalise a Valentine manual. Okay after posting the last link up I realised it was for a Valentine S and not the Valentine!

The main difference in the Valentine manual is that there’s a tabular function which is pretty handy.

I’m pretty sure there isn’t a copy online so I made the effort to scan and put them all on one big picture for everyone. Even doing that was hilarious. I took ages to scan it!!!
I had to rescan everything twice because the first lot was cut of here and there. Then editing on photoshop took awhile. It ended up being a really big file – and so it took aaaaaages to upload on anywhere! Then I got tired of waiting then cancelled and made up a 50% smaller image file and uploaded it only to find that it was to small.
Seriously? :(
Ok, so I re-reuploaded the original file size and all that only ended at 10minutes to 12midnight.

Now I’ve spent the rest of the “night” typing this out. Haha!
(I just updated it just then – I finally figured out how to PDF it! WOO!)
So here it is, finally:
Valentine Manual (picture) and Valentine Manual (PDF on a auto download function)
And here’s the Valentine S Manual (PDF)

So much for an early night.
Good night everyone!

I think I may, I think I might…


I’ve been hatching this plan of a project for a while and I think I might have just finished it!

I’m getting a couple of people to proof read it. Also very tempted to get Mr. Messenger from oztypewriter.blogspot.com to read through it and get his thoughts about it. Hmmmm.

I’m just the tiniest bit torn if I should sell it, or give it out freely.

Given that my blog isn’t read by very many and it’s not Googleable (yes I’m using that word) I have this feeling to give freely.
The other way is to sell it on Etsy. Or by who ever contacts me?
That little bit of cash is always appreciated…
Whoever rehomes my two Adlers (a Tippa and a 250) will definately get a copy.

I have to put this down meanwhile to do a couple of other projects I’m needing to finish soon.
And to type more letters to people I said I would mail to.

Yes yes, tsk tsk me.