Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic

I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for this book since finding a 1948 copy from my parent’s house (or was it Laurie’s parents?  Well, anyway…).


I just received this copy in the mail.  It’s in much better shape than our first copy, and has the dust jacket!

The book really shines on the front end, with chapter subjects for professional bartenders.  Titles such as “Phonies, Check-Dodgers”, “People That Bartenders Have Learned Not To Like”, and “Bartenders That Customers Don’t Like”.   If you are a contemporary mixologist or a patron of various upscale bars, you would do well to read these chapters.  They are humorous, but accurate.


I also admire the language of the day used in the book.  From the chapter People That Bartenders Have Learned Not To Like:

“No matter how carefully you watch it, someone is bound to get drunk and get out of line. Blackjacks, wooden mallets, beer bottles, rubber hose filled with buckshot, brass knuckles are all definitely no solution to the problem. A rousting through the front door usually works, but there’s a technique for this treatment which should be learned and used at all times.  The recipient of the jostle should never be allowed to get set but should be taken unawares and kept on the move until he’s out the front door. Once he grabs onto anything, gets his feet set, or falls down, you have to tackle the problem from another angle”.


Proper glassware for the appropriate drink, proper mixing techniques and signature garnishes make a tasty drink an event.


There are later, re-edited editions of this book.  Don’t buy them- they eliminated all of the humor and useful information from the original edition.

BARTENDER’S GUIDE by Trader Vic – Illustrated by Ray Sullivan – 1948


1957 Underwood ACE Golden Touch

Sorry to say, nothing golden about the touch of this typewriter at the moment.


I purchased this critter in December 2015 but never got around to using it much due to some frustrating mechanical problems.  I didn’t pay a lot for it, so I’m willing to put it on the workbench soon and try to fix the niggles.


I have posted it on the Typewriter Database, in case you want to explore some more information about this series of typewriters.   ~TH~

1947 Underwood (Remington) Noiseless

October 20, 2016 – I’m re-posting this- AND preparing to pull it from the shelf for some autumnal typing. It’s a beauty that deserves to be utilized.

Wrong Way, Write Way

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I started my search with ‘Underwood’, but this period in typewriter history is generally an exercise in cut-throat incest when it comes to patents.  And we thought Tesla had it tough!


type text 2

My research online was fruitless for a time, but the name ‘Remington’ kept popping up, so I went down that gray alley.  Huzzah!  Machines Of Loving Grace came through with great aplomb!

RemNoiseless10 Ah-HA! THIS is the same critter, only mine says Underwood.

“The second-to-last incarnation of the Noiseless was produced virtually unchanged for almost two decades. This is one of the heaviest, most solid machines I own. It’s built like a tank, kind of looks like one, and at the keyboard you kind of feel like you’re operating one. This is a serious workhorse.

As with the Noiseless No.6, the dial on the front adjusts the carriage very slightly forwards and backwards to accomodate multiple sheets of paper…

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Underwood Portable 536035

OK- this little four bank portable was destined for the trash heap, so I brought it home.  It’s in rough shape, but it does type if you can cajole the paper into the carriage.  I’ve never seen one quite like it.  That is, I’ve never seen a (terrible) “faux wood” finish on a typewriter.  Atrocious!


The really unusual thing is the character set- notice on the right hand keys… just exactly what are those hieroglyphs?  I recognize the Rx… is it a typewriter from a pharmacy?  The typeset is certainly small enough for a pill bottle.


Serial number 536035.  1931.    Comments welcome.  :-)







Journal- 10-11-2016

So… when you find a banded racing pigeon, you’re supposed to feed and water it, then drive it a long distance from where you found it, so that it can return home.  Did that.  Too well.  It now appears that this racing (homing) pigeon has pegged us as… home.


here is Francine

We traced her to a Syracuse organization, but we have been unsuccessful in getting a reply from the owner.  Laurie had a very helpful conversation with a veteran pigeon racer who advised that we drive the bird at least 12 miles away and release her- the thought being that she would pick up the route from the race and return home.  Well… I guess we fed her too well.

I drove her 25 miles away from our house this morning and released her; it was great fun watching her spiral upward, getting her bearings.  Being very pleased with myself, I treated myself to a lunch at a favorite spot in the area.  I pulled the cage out of the van upon my return home and set it in the driveway.  I went into the house briefly, and when I came back outside, there she was, happy to see her cage – Francine.

I have learned more about raising, nurturing and racing pigeons in the last 48 hours than I ever knew I wanted to know.  She’s pretty savvy, like a charming cousin that you just can’t say no to when they’ve overstayed their welcome.

I guess we have a homing pigeon now.  ~TH~