ITAM – Mignon Goodness

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I have a suspicion Mignon’s were made for the handicap.

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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.)

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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:

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Oh the goodies! Original manual in German, brushes and the other two type sets.

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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:

EPSON050

ORIGINAL SIZE

EPSON050

WEB FRIENDLY SIZE

 

Hooray for Randomness!

I had a look at my blog stats today and there’s people from France, America, Asia and Australia reading this ramble and that we’ve hit 1,000 views today! I can’t believe it! :D

Thank you everyone for dropping by and gracing me with your reading eyes. :):):)

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There’s a great warm feeling in my heart now, and I thank you all for lifting my heart just that little bit.
I haven’t been posting for awhile because my brain would not just be sane and work kind of took over my life (I know, I know, working from home isn’t really work when it’s not a real job) and just being a girl just makes you that little bit crazier.
Now that I’m a little more normal, I realised how much I missed this little space in the Internets.

This is just going to be a smoosh of a whole lot of random thoughts since my last post.

1. I posted about a red Royal with a Vogue font and said that my chances of finding it is really slim. A couple days right after I posted it, one actually came up on eBay in the US. I didn’t win it, of course.
So I’m saying this now (because I realised I love the lime green one more):
THERE IS NO WAY I’M EVER GOING TO FIND A LIME GREEN DUOTONE ROYAL TYPEWRITER WITH THE AWESOME VOGUE FONT.
There you go.
Hopefully in a couple of days eBay will be kind to me. :p
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2. I’ve decided to sell most of my collection. I know there are people who would give my machines a better home then my over cluttered one. I’ll be updating the “For S.A.L.E” page and my Etsy soon.

3. I’m still on the stamp making rage. I’ve order two A4 sized rubber blocks yesterday (I think it was yesterday?) and I’m just kind of feeling a bit intimidated by all that space. Hmmm.
So I’m just using up my current stock and this is what I’ve been making:
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Loving it.
My aerogram stamp set is complete with the airmail border. It’s a pretty cool design too. Hopefully it’ll sell on my Etsy…
The peony one was a random experiment that turned out pretty awesome – hopefully I’ll make a couple more and get wood to mount it on, and put them up on my Etsy.

4. Stamp ideas are taking over my brain. There’s a chameleon and a armadillo somewhere in there… and typewriters, and foxes and random doodle shout outs…
Typewriter tin designs have captured my eyes right now. I might make a series…

5. Why hasn’t anyone come up with a use-able word that rhymes with “orange”?

6. Australian eBay is having a nice wave of orange Traveller de luxes.

7. Is it lunch time yet? I think it is.

8. My hubby’s really sweet, he bought me more egg custard buns when I finished my packet. He made a round trip to the Chinese Emporium after work for me. Awwww :’)

9. There’s less than two weeks before the 10% discount ends on my etsy.

10. Today’s Friday, means tomorrow is Saturday: YES AH! DUMP SHOP DAY! WOOOOOO
I really wanted these from the dump:
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11. We picked up a adjustable triple hole puncher and a awesome white Victorian wall lamp for $5 at the dump shop last week!

12. The new Spider-Man movie is super duper awesome. I kinda of want to watch it again.

13. Oh, wonder what happened to the corgi-duchund cross puppy dear we saw at the pound… I hope she found a good home. :(

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14. I really want to have popcorn right now. Maybe some ice cream too…
I was going to say somethig else but I’ve totally forgotten.
Oh wait. Yes.
It’s been confirmed. My white Hermes baby is absolutely lost in the mail.

15. I forgot to mention about my first encounter with a typewriter right here in the Territory.
I ended up passing it because it was expensive and full of cockroach eggs and remains.
It looks better in the pictures, trust me.
It’s a real pity because it was a rare Bluebird.
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I might just stop there and be on my way making a stamp now… Or just do the sporadic thing.
Hope you have a great day!
(or night, or great tomorrow day!)

Wish List

I realised I haven’t got myself a wish list.
I should do something about it.

I can’t really think of any (three) right now – I’m quite happy with my collection, and I’m even wanting to cut down what I have… I’m to the point I really just want to have what I need to type, the rest is going up to my Etsy. I still do want to refurbish a couple, but I just haven’t had the motivation for it just yet.

I think it’s because my Baby is *still* lost in the mail. SIGH.

(Disney movies yesterday still lingering in my head)

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I do want to add a noiseless glass keyed model to my collection, maybe a Smith Corona Silent?

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Well right now I really really want this:
Alligator Red 1920’s Royal Portable.

I’m loving the fonts the most. All my design career I’ve always fallen back to the Century Gothic all this time, and now there’s a typewriter with a more awesome version of it?
I gotta have it.

Everyone in they typosphere seems to have the same super awesome taste, so my chances of finding this is really slim.
I’ve never seen a red Royal on eBay Aust, and the chances of the Vogue font in Australia is like finding polar bears in Darwin.
THERE ARE NONE.

But, I might be wrong.
I hope I’m really really really wrong about that fact.