Happy Random Valentines



Coincidentally it’s Chinese Valentines Day in the Chinese calendar too! Shimmy shimmy double celebra-tee!
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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



Purpled Oliver Courier

After I received my first Oliver Courier Portable I fell in love with the curves and type feel. Another piece in drab grey and missing a badge popped up on eBay so I just put a reasonable bid on it thinking that it was too small a bid to win.
A little over two weeks later it landed on my doorstep.

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And boy did I have plans for it!
It was going to get a nice coat of some nice paint to compliment the black keys and a remodeled badge made of mouldable plastic. After a few hours of Photoshopping possible colors, pale yellow won and I went ahead to purchase a few cans of spray paint and magic plastic.

That was sometime in August.

Fast forward to October:
I decided to streamline my collection so I offered this piece up painted mellow yellow. A lady got very interested in buying a typewriter around this time and to cut the long story short, chose to get this Oliver Courier resprayed violet.




Two days later, clothes back on and my, my.
I really liked it.


#1 and #2 side by side. Such a handsome couple.

The paint was left to cure for the duration of my Singapore trip, and the last thing to do was the badge. I had it all in my head — use #1’s badge as a mould, spend a little bit of time doing up the name of the new owner, stick it all together and hand over to the excited mother who was going to gift the typewriter to her daughter.
It was only when I took the above picture I realised that the badges were not of the same shape. *face palm*

I’ve used this mouldable plastic one other time in efforts to make a replacement knob for Peacherine, a Royal Model P. It was rather easy to use, but I was impatient in building my prototypes and moulds. This time I pulled a chair over to the counter, plonked my bum on it and made sure I stayed there while crafting the badge over the next two or so hours.
The initial design (scribbled on the scrap of paper) I had in mind was simple and obviously over-ambitious. The black base was not as easy to do but somehow managed with a good looking piece and went on cutting thin strips of white plastic for the letters. Time chugged on and this was the end result:





Wrapped up and ready for pick up.


Sakura pink Olivetti L82 also went to its new home same day as Violet.

I was pleased to hear the new owner loves her new Oliver Courier albeit a small issue with the line sights catching paper in the feed action. Small fix for another time… Time to get going on all the other pending projects!
(3 spray paint jobs, 10 pieces due for cleaning, countless pieces to fix and so much more…)

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



I’m finally taken it out and trying to replace the feed rollers and to give it a quick clean.
There’s a screw stuck in the platen collar that’s refusing to budge and the thread’s gone.
Gracefulness require patience.
Typed on the beautiful rediscovered Olivetti ICO.

Sakura Pinks


Oh HAI!!!
I iz pinks. Tokyo pink ya ya yaz.


Photoshppes was is before paint buysez and I must sayz, itsa pruddi cloze to thinkess! (left’s PS’ed, righto’s real thuings!)


Zprayz wid no mazk is bad bad badz. Me thinkez inhaled enough pink thattz lungsa pruddi pinkz… HEH.
Brain no works no moares.


Awwww badz partz. Chippies and za too thickees.


Iz a pretty! ^_^

Terribly written on Sakura, newly painted Olivetti Lettera 82 by a very fumigated brain dead, fluorescent pink lungs Nat.