Well, here we go down a rabbit hole I never thought I would enter; large business machines/typewriters. Due to a foolish glance through area craigslist-ings, I stumbled upon a business machine at a very fair price. The seller was about an hours drive away, and the weather was perfect for a Sunday drive.
Here we have the CANON AP-810 III. Looks just as sexy as it sounds, right?
I had a couple of days to research this animal before meeting up with the seller. To my surprise, there seems to be very little information about Canon business machines on the interwebs. That is to say, Canon typewriters from the 80s.
Lots of printers. Lots of copiers. Why so little on the AP series? These were built (I assume) to compete with the IBM Selectrics.
Like all great things from the dawn of the computer age, this thing is over-engineered, with more features than you can shake a stick at. And all clearly explained in the manuals (assuming you’re one of the engineers who designed the thing).
Be sure to read the copy. Then take a shower. Gah!
I can just hear the girlish giggling as the boss-man presented this new machine for his dainty workforce to figure out. I know he wasn’t going to train them on it. He had an important three martini meeting to get to!
This beast was presented to the business world in 1984 by my estimation. Gloria Steinem first published Ms. Magazine in 1972. Twelve years later? Um… uh…
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~
As usual, I wasn’t looking for a typewriter, it just kinda jumped into my lap.
More information on the Royal ‘O’ models can be found here.
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.
If you type, you’ll understand. Here I present another quirk of typewriters in poetic form. ~TH~
For my lady and fellow typewriter enthusiasts. Thanks to Joe VC for his recent explanation on why this aggravating skipping occurs. ~TH~
typed on an Olivetti 25 which by the way, neither skips nor jumps. ~TH~