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:






Wish List

Darn this heat, urgh… Can’t write proper anymore!

Currently on the table.

Thanks for reading my whinge binge.
I know I should be content with what I got but I still have a couple of machines on my wish list to go. It’s up on the top bar if anyone can help.

It’s sooooooo hot today that the cold water from the tap feels hotter than the hot water tap. (And our hot water is set quite high!)

Ugh. Time for me to be bogan and lie on the tiles.
Typed on Olympia Splendid 33, long overdue for a makeover.

Italians did make the italics!

My first typewriter shelf! ($30 from Gumtree) I still have it, I’ve converted it to my typewriter work shelf. It’s got all my cans and bottles of what nots and rags… a couple of typers are waiting in line for a clean up too.Will blog about them when I get around to it.20120926-141251.jpg20120926-141336.jpg20120926-141412.jpg20120926-141327.jpg20120926-141403.jpg
This little one was super cute – he jumped on our laps the moment we sat down and started licking and chewing on our fingers. And he was human hopping. Literally hopping across the chairs just to get to our supposedly yummy fingers.

This little girl really stole my heart. She was absolutely TINY and soooo beautiful! Look at that coat!
Nawwwww :(


 So here I present you subject Olympia SM3, supposedly grey and definitely dirty as ever –



And now, all clean and green.
You probably can’t see it, but on the left side most of the crinkle paint has worn down to it’s base colour. It’s still handsome as ever and types beautifully, it’s much more then what I thought I was getting!


The new shelf! Loving that the new shelf is simple and clean cut though I have days I think it’s going to give way to the weight of all my machines, ha ha. Scored the shelf on Gumtree, $50. Hopefully the “extra spaces” in the shelf doesn’t subconsciously make me buy more typewriters.
Though, it might have already worked.
I bought another three.


Yes, it’s typed as yesterday’s date – this post was typed out on the SM3 and I got distracted doing everything else….
Italics is such a dainty typeface.
I think my latest quest for an ancient animal encyclopedia has got me sucked into this pool of the slants — the scientific names of animals are always in italics. I’m still tossing coins to see if I should get the Webster’s Pictorial. Hmmm.
And really:
Italians did design the Italics typeface. Check it out here:

Chow for now!