1957 Underwood ACE Golden Touch

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

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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.

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

JOURNAL- 10-9-2016

JOURNAL- 10-9-2016

    This weekend past, Laurie and I provided music for the wedding of some good friends youngest daughter, Hillary… and her now husband Steven.  It was a lot of fun, and we partied like teenagers, albeit not near as late into the night.

    Two days ago a homing pigeon ended up in our yard, pecking at the grasses near the milk house.  Laurie noticed that it was banded and after some online research, she discovered that if we could capture the bird and secure the numbers on the leg bands, we could alert the owners. So, with kitty crate baited with seed and a small net, I successfully captured the critter.  We have reached out to the appropriate club (Syracuse NY), and we’re hoping for a reply.  If no reply comes in within the next two days, I plan to drive the bird a little closer to NY and release her.  I ain’t takin’ her all the way to Syracuse!

    Now I’m enjoying a little down time outside in some beautiful fall weather.  I figure I should be outside every chance I get now, before things get really chilly.  Everyone out there in inter-web land have a great week!  I’ll post this as a ‘typecast’ because I did type it on my Alphasmart 3000.  ~TH~

Archy and Don Marquis

On the tail of yesterday’s entry, I continued to dig deeper into the lives of Archy, Mehitabel, and Don Marquis.  I downloaded a book of poetry written by D.M. –  for free!  The poetry is quite good, especially when you keep in mind the era from which it was written.

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Here for your enjoyment is Sam Waterston reading a delightful poem by Don Marquis, regarding an assignment that Archy (the typing cockroach) was covering.  ~TH~

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Our beautiful Blasco Library in Erie PA (featured in this months The Atlantic magazine) will be hosting an event tomorrow night, a one-man show by Gale McNeeley presenting poems, songs and essays of Don Marquis, the creator of the characters Archy & Mehitabel.

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Don Marquis wrote for the The Evening Sun newspaper and created the character of Archy in 1916.  Archy is a cockroach who types by jumping from one key to the next.

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This era fascinates me because so many new technologies were being introduced to more and more homes and businesses.  Automobiles, telephones, phonographs, electricity, and of course – the typewriter.  These ideas seem quaint to us now, but one hundred years ago these were awe inspiring technologies.

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If you live in (or near) Erie PA, I hope you’ll plan to attend this free event.  I know I’ll be there!  ~TH~

Orbs Have Taken To The Skies

A truncated, self replicating poem that I created, based on a cocktail napkin that inspired a little bit of art.  You yourself should try a little bit of art.

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… orbs have taken to the skies and time has predicted itself to fly and …

Typography, Accidentally

I just picked this book up from a local used book shop – Type And Typography by Phil Baines & Andrew Haslam.  Now that I collect typewriters, I’ve accidentally gained an interest in the kooky world of typography/written language.

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The information and photos are great, though I doubt I’ll be setting my own type anytime soon.

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A monotype machine.  And you thought typing was tricky!

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Ah, a small bit on typing, with a nice Olivetti Lettera 22 postcard.