ITAM – Displays

Just a quick post before I get going on letter writing:
Typewriter displays! Mr. Messenger from oztypewriter, has been a lucky bloke scoring these cabinets for his gorgeous typewriters, and Mr. Ton from idreamlo-tech asked in his recent ITAM post:

“It’s International Typewriter Appreciation Month (ITAM). How do you showcase your typewriters at your place?”


Main shelves in the arctic study. I’ve loaned out quite a few machines so the shelves aren’t that full.


Front view of the shelves. I might have to get a third unit soon.


This shelving unit sits in the lounge, full of typewriters that’s in need of cleanings and fixes.

The main collection sits on some shelving units from the local Bunnings in the study. I’ve been trying to display more machines — especially those that doesn’t have cases, but I often over-worry about the Darwin humidity, heat and dust affecting the collection. The air-con is on pretty much half the day in the study, so they are quite safe. DIY plastic covers are on the list, but there’s heaps of other stuff that’s higher up on the list.

I can’t quite say the same for the lounge shelving — a couple of the cases had sprouted spots of furry mould. I spent the next two hours eradicating the invasion. I may have used up a whole packet of wipes. Yikes.

Mini displays:
The Mignon I got recently came with three type sets and I’ve got another on the way. Getting some display/organisers is a great way to keep the type sets in its pairs and shielding them from the Darwin elements. I went straight to eBay with measurements and boy-oh-boy was I so wrong about finding the right size easily!

Hopes dashed, today I made a run for Bunnings today looking to replenish my supply of typewriter cleaners (which, incidentally had none boooooo) and came home with this winner of a plastic box with removable compartments:


Almost perfect fit for $2.60!


Padded the box with some tissue paper for now – I might use felt!

Bunnings, you’re the best.
I’ve also got a small horde of typewriter books, manuals and ribbons that I’ve just tucked away in an archive box. Not sure how to display them just yet.

So, what’s your display like? :)

Thanks for reading guys, de-procrastinating immediately to address *some* over-due letter writing.

Happy Random Valentines



Coincidentally it’s Chinese Valentines Day in the Chinese calendar too! Shimmy shimmy double celebra-tee!
Clickee for last year’s Valentines post »



Snow-whi… grey, right, it’s really a grey.



Slowly getting back into the swing of letter writing

Double Valentines, Sochi and ITAM, couldn’t this post be more packed?!
Onwards to the typewriter goodies!

A lady I know was clearing out things from her late mother’s home and found this *uh-may-zing* books and was just about to chuck it out (EGAD) and remembered a widdle someone someone that has typewriters at home. I haven’t had time to look through it just yet…



A ream of Bond paper and two books

eBay has been too difficult to ignore. Along side to leather goods for my craft adventure, I stumbled across a set of “Typewriter Mystery Games” that there was no way I could not not have them! They arrive a couple of nights ago and they are they the most intriguing things: they’re coming along to the Brisbane March Type In!


Set of 8 magic books




Epic fail concentration. I blame Sochi!


Lunch today: Fried egg, balsamic mushrooms with marinated feta on poppyseed bagels with some green things

Egad, the time!
Thanks for reading and have a puppy lovey V-Day everyone! ^_^
Till the next round of random stories, distractedly typed on Olivetti Valentine S



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:






In the last few hours of ITAM…


P.S. Just spent the next hour trying to fix the ribbon vibrator and of course, made it worse. Maybe tomorrow after the interview.
P.S.S. Oh, did I mention I got a interview tomorrow morning 8am?
I might have brains for breakfast and try not to go “ughhhhh” too much.
#stress till I turn into a zombie
P.S.S.S. Goodnight everyone.
Or good morning, depending where you are. ;)

February is Special

Before you start, I apologise for the point form writing (and the crazy things I’ve written, I’m sure what I’m writing sometimes is pretty ridiculous) and that it’s rather long winded.










This poorly typed typecast written on Tolv, SCM Classic 12.
Images shown belong to Natalie of natslaptaps.