Mignon 897




This arrived earlier this week, and there was a spot of time today to try it out on the Mignon 4. The plate is a little warped, but I think it might be a couple of the fasteners in the back set a little too tightly. Other than that, using a QWERTZ board was refreshing. The usual PFUGQ boards are really confusing!


This week has been really busy with something really exciting, fingers crossed everything goes to plan. :)

Short smashings with Mignon 4, plate and cylinder No. 897







Just a quick hello and bye as the nephew is here and a commission was due yesterday and me just trying to fit this post before February ends: got this in the mail from Germany the other day, and absolutely loving it. The teeny tiny pins punched two and a half sheets of 80gsm easy. Looking at the print blown up is just dots to me. In real life print it is very clear. I exceptionally like “l” “*” and the subscript “o”.
Time to think of ways to use this!

Ciao everyone.


4 sets of cylinders and indexes, can’t wait to add more to the horde!

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: