Making Book

I didn’t realize there was a typeface called Fontana; I just thought it was a paperback imprint of Collins’.

However here it is, and HarperCollins historical website celebrating their 200th anniversary tells us about it in these terms :

“In 1936, Collins became the first major publishing house to create its own font. The publisher hired printer and typographer Dr. Hans Mardersteig to prepare a report on the business in which he included suggestions on design. As a result, Collins had him design a typeface that would create a unique visual identity for the company.

Building on the classic fonts of eighteenth-century Glasgow publishers Robert and Andrew Foulis, Mardersteig developed Collins’s iconic typeface: Fontana. It was used by Collins for three decades before the company released rights to the font.

After Collins developed the Fontana font, more company-specific fonts followed, including Lexicon, Fedra, Nexus (designed by Martin Majoor), Fresco, and Sansa…

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Smith Corona SL480-Eureka!

My recent acquisition of a 1992 Smith-Corona SL480, and a EUREKA moment. I pulled the ribbon cart out and closed the lid- noticed that the critter would still type. Hmmm… If my ribbon cart runs out while I’m in the field (with electricity), I can simply load two sheets with a carbon in the middle. True, it then becomes an invisible, but hey! I can still type! Carry those carbons folks! ~TH~


Free books? Sure!

Local school libraries in my area have been purging their stacks recently, asking folks to give the books a new home.  I have acquired quite a few delightful hardbound books recently.

First up is the OXFORD BOOK OF ESSAYS.


I almost passed on this, but the “Oxford” sealed the deal; when a book is tagged as such, it has been meticulously edited for content.  Remarkably, this book is brand new, having never been checked out of the library.


I often purchase used books through Amazon, and the vendors will let you know if a book has been circulated out of a library- I love those!  They are invariably in fine condition, often have the rugged plastic cover protectors, and the stamps and card pockets make them unique.

I recently had some friends over to the house, and one of them picked this gem up for me from a library culling:


I have never known of this book’s existence out in the real world.  Some remarkable information in here.  I was 13 years old when this was published (1974).  It appears that this title was checked out a grand total of two times.



Turning real pages, flipping through a book and skimming physical pages – these are things you simply can not do with a kindle or an iPad.    ~TH~

New lenses for the phone

Well, we certainly do live in an amazing time.  I just received delivery on some clip-on lenses for my Samsung Galaxy 6.  These lenses are universal, they should work with just about any smart phone.


The box comes with two identical size clips (the one on the right is tipped forward so it only appears larger).  The lenses clip into the clips easily, and the lens caps slip on easily but securely.


The smallest lens is a macro lens- you can really get up close- though you do need to be able to get the phone all the way up onto the subject.


Here you can see the crinkle finish on my 1951 Underwood Rhythm Touch typewriter.  Wow!


The wide 10x macro attachment lens allowed me to shoot close up without having to have the phone right up against the subject.  Here you can see the slugs on my 1975 Smith-Corona Electra (cursive typeface).  Wow!


The largest lens is a full screen fish eye lens that does distort a little, but it really covers a scene.  From this vantage in my messy studio, I would only get 2 guitars in the image.  Here I have the entire wall plus a ton of foreground.

Amazing?  It gets even better.  9 bucks at Amazon.

I am very pleased.