Friday, February 16, 2018

Typewritten twitterature at Cincinnati's Mercantile Library

Last night, Cincinnati's beautiful Mercantile Library opened its doors to curious, fun-loving, and book-loving people who were invited to explore the stacks and participate in literary activities.

Here are a couple of books I spotted in the stacks:

There's our typewriter-loving friend David McCullough.

This 1614 book on Egypt is the oldest in the library's collection.

Librarian Cedric Rose happily uses an Olivetti Studio 44 at his desk.

Outside the stacks, activities included trying out a small 19th-century letterpress:

WordPlay Cincy was on the scene with typewriters:

The challenge was to compose "twitterature" at a typewriter. Here are my three efforts:

Some people found the experience quite challenging ...

... but the challenge was fun!

Try typewritten twitterature at your next party!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The end of the road

Last time on Heroic Efforts to Revive Obsolete Office Technology, I had found a crack in my intended replacement carriage, and had patched it with J-B Weld.

The glue held.

Now I could simply transplant the donor carriage onto the recipient machine!

But no ... it felt weird and rough. When it spaced, it spaced in big jolts. Could it be that a carriage from one Underwood S wouldn't fit another?

I racked my brains and fiddled with the thing for an hour until the answer leapt out at me.

I was trying to put an elite carriage (12 characters per inch) onto a pica typewriter (10 cpi).

This job had just become harder. Maybe impossible.

The toothed rack had to be swapped from the recipient carriage to the donor carriage.

So did the tabulator stops.

Here's a neat little detail on one of the tab stop racks.

Finally, the elite carriage had been turned into a pica one — I hoped.

I wiggled it onto the typewriter. It seemed to mesh better. But would this operation really be a success?

The end of the road for this repair job is, I hope, just the beginning of a new set of typing adventures for this  Underwood that has been brought back from a broken heart.