C-C-C-Crazy!

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!

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

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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. :(

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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 ;)

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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.

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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.
:)

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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)

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J’s Mr. Green, Singapore

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Steve Snow’s blue wonder, Brisbane

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Ms K’s maroon madness, Singapore

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Original size manual

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Web sized manual

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

Olympia SM (surprise much)

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Loving the new ribbon installed.

“Fell” was a name of a big, bad black wolf in a story I read ages ago about a wolf pack and magic. I can’t quite remember the name of the book right now, but I’ve been looking for it for awhile for another read.

Sometimes it’s nice to have a sieve like brain.
I can watch a whole series of shows and just forget everything in a year or so, and I can rewatch it again.

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I thought the royalite was bad, but checkout the punch holes in the ribbon I got from the SM2. :/

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Somehow, the all black is poking my senses in a nice way.
I do love the truffle shaped keys.
Hmmmm truffles.

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Under da’ hood.
Cleaning it today I found two springs that dislodged itself and I spent two hours putting it back into place but I didn’t manage to, and I’m exhausted!

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That decal is everywhere – on the sides, in the case!

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I forgot to mention its weird double backspace. If I depress the key fully it goes back two spaces! If I “half-shutter” it it goes the normal one space.

Quirky.
Maybe I just have to type more on it to right the mechanism.

I think this is a very oxymoronic piece. The case had a full grown dust bunny cowering in the corner which the vacuum cleaner ate for dinner last night, and the machine itself had plenty of mini bunnies running amuck. (which, the horse brushes chased them into a corner and the bin gobbled them up.)
But when I opened him up to clean, he looked like he was reupholstered recently with nice felt, with sewing and all.

I just don’t know how the seller let it get this dirty and dusty.

Anyway, I know I’m spouting nonsense and doing this machine absolutely no justice whatsoever, so I should go and have that nap.
I really need a nap.
Laters!
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The Valentine Brothers

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Yes, I was very happy to receive my very first typed letter and I couldn’t be happier! :D She’s a lovely friend who sent me little notepads and ribbons for my typewriters! :D MEGA THANK YOU DEARRR :D
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I thought I’ll just compare the two Valentine’s I’ve got.
Yes, I do have two now. The one on the left is a Valentine S, and the right being the Valentine.
I started to panic very very slightly when I saw the tag on the back say Valentine S, because I’ve never heard of the “S” bit and here I was thinking it was a china made copy of some sort. But after some quick Google-ing I found that there was such thing as an authentic Valentine S.
I got the Valentine S on eBay on a very surprise win. It wasn’t even listed as a “Valentine”. Just an “Olivetti typewriter”. I bidded on it and thought I had no chance of winning but I did!

It was so weird.

So the Valentine was designed by this guy called Ettore Sottsass and you can find the history of the Valentine here and there online.
I thought I’d share two links that I personally love, and a must have for every typewriter:
1: If the Valentine was a laptop.
2. typewriters, valentines, and very grumpy old man from oz.typewriter
3. can never go wrong if you have a manual. Thanks Adam Richardson!

;

Remember:
left Valentine S, right Valentine.

1. First difference you see is the ribbon covers. I do personally prefer the bigger ones.
2. the right does have a more functional keyboard… I think I’d use * more then (english pound sign) more anyday.
3. I’m a big fan of the tab key nowadays, so that’s a great bonus for Valentine.
4. My OCD is greatly appeased with Valentine S because the backspace arrow is actually point backwards. Haha!
5. Valentine S is a duller red – like a mature cherry red. Whereas Valentine has the “I’m ready to rock and rollllll” red.

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You probably can’t really see it but:
6. Valentine S doesn’t have a platen roller release button on the roller knob. :( Nothing major, but I thought it was a really cool thing to have. So +1 to Valentine!
7. The chrome on Valentine is SO MUCH SHINIER. Ooooooo shinyyyyyy.

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You STILL probably can’t really see it but:
8. They have their corresponding names on the back where the handle is.
9. The bucket cases aren’t in the picture because I haven’t had a chance to fix up Valentine S’s one – it’s got heaps of grease on it and I’m hoping that the gunk in it will fall off when I clean it in the morning. Urghhhhh gross.

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P.S. After reading that, I decided that I’ll sell the Valentine first – it’s very clean and he’s been professionally serviced. I’m a bit reluctant to sell a dirty Valentine S. Hahaha :)
I’ll probably sell the Valentine S someday. We’ll just have to see.

P.S.S Word press just congratulated me for my 10th post! Haha!

Goodnight everyone! :)

The Adler Family

So one fine day a grey Adler Contessa de luxe made it to my house…

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She’s a beautiful piece, and she types like this:

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So I loved it so much I became a mad magician and whipped up a duplication spell to create a white and an orange one.
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*Tra la la la la*
Away they play
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A yellow Tippa: “Hullo! Can I play too?”
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So now, there’s a happy Adler family.
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*dee de de dum, clap clap…*
The Adam’s family!
*dee de de dum, clap clap…*

The Adler Family

So one fine day a grey Adler Contessa de luxe made it to my house…

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She’s a beautiful piece, and she types like this:

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So I loved it so much I became a mad magician and whipped up a duplication spell to create a white and an orange one.
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*Tra la la la la*
Away they play
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A yellow Tippa: “Hullo! Can I play too?”
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So now, there’s a happy Adler family.
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*dee de de dum, clap clap…*
The Adam’s family!
*dee de de dum, clap clap…*