I hope that you had a wonderful week, and that the weekend will be even better! I had a lovely week which culminated in a two-day outdoor adventure camp with my fantastic students, and although I am slightly sunburnt, I am so glad that I got the opportunity to spend some quality time with them outside of the classroom.
|My first script machine - an Olympia SF De Luxe!|
As promised, today's blog post will be on my obsession with all the various typewriter typefaces, and I was scratching my head over how I should organise my entry - eeeeps! I believe the obsession was sparked by my first 'non-standard' type found on an Olympia SF De Luxe... When I saw the beautiful script that was produced by the machine, I was equal parts mesmerised and amazed! I must have just stared at the type slugs for quite some minutes and tried out numerous letter permutations just so to see how consistent the print was :) After that, I started to research on various typefaces that can be found on typewriters, and what a discovery that turned out to be! I knew there would be no looking back from then!
|Typed on my Olympia SF De Luxe - for use at our pre-wedding photoshoot :) The print was 'patchy' but I kept it that way!|
I do recall allowing myself (once upon a time) to own three to possibly four or five machines - one with a 'standard' typeface, then a script, and possibly sans serif. That was until I realised that there were different variants of script, and sans serif, and in different pitches... So as you might imagine, I soon became a hopeless cause, hee hee! My acquisition of machines started to increase at an exponential rate, and the research and hunt for a machine with a particular typeface was just exciting - I literally get an adrenaline rush once I have acquired a new typewriter with a typeface I don't already own, when it does finally arrive and I get to 'unravel' my happy mail! That exhilaration and 'high' have not waned even the slightest bit :D I started cataloging the different typefaces that came into my possession quite early on (I am glad I did!), and the print on the pages continue to grow...
(It would be quite the challenge to list all of my babies at once, so consider these a sampler... In my later posts, I would share on these typewriters at greater length!)
|At the last count, my catalogue of typefaces numbered close to 80!|
|Sperry Rand Remington Ten Forty|
|Underwood Champion - This machine came with a beautiful |
case that folded out into a typewriter table with extendable legs.
EXTRA LARGE Types...
|4 Characters Per Inch - Too neat!|
|Acquired this beautiful machine for the wonderful Brad Sarno!|
|Patchy print due to the duo-coloured ribbons, but still a gorgeous typeface!|
|Remington Model 5|
|Close-up of the type slugs!|
|Speech-Riter No. 29|
|I love my little collection!|
NOTEWORTHY Typefaces :)
|Proportional Cassandre typeface!|
|Adler Mod. 32|
|Shuang Ge Chinese typewriter!|
And then the obsession expanded beyond just manual typewriters...
|My IBM Selectric II... Think I may have outdone myself with stickers on this one!|
|In total, I think I have close to 25 of the adorable little 'golfballs'.|
Typo - the most difficult typing *element
As much as I wish I could go on and share a little bit more, I think I may have to stop here... I do apologise that I have mostly been rambling, and the quality of my photos certainly leaves much to be desired... But I am so thankful for the kind words and support I have received, and I truly am so grateful!
Have a fantastic weekend!