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…
Me, tilting at windmills on behalf of the misunderstood Wedge.
Consider this a bookmark post. I’m aware that I have a few noble subscribers, and ya know, I just don’t want you to think you’re being neglected. Frankly, I’ve been spending the past two months communicating with people via snail mail (onion skin paper, carbon copies for my files, fancy stamps from the past).
I did recently post on the Facebook page Antique Typewriter Classifieds that I would be going to see a collection of 38 machines for sale. Well, I went to see the collection, then left with disappointment in my wake.
Aside from a very nice Hammond and a nice Bing – everything else was in fairly poor condition. NOTE: I did not test the Bing or the Hammond – they appeared to be in good condition cosmetically. There were three upstrike machines and 3 Olivers. Very few portables, all in poor condition.
I will post some photos from the visit soon. I didn’t even bother talking money with the owner because there were no machines I wanted. The machines are located in northern Virginia, and I doubt the owner is willing to pack and ship. If, after this glowing review, you’d like to see the machines for yourself, let me know and I’ll happily act as an intermediary.
If I were a betting man, I’d guess this guy is going to be hanging on to most of those machines for quite a while. Photos coming soon. ~TH~
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~
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~