Remember this typewriter?
Well, I can reveal that this machine is pretty much guaranteed to have had Italiano keyboard. I came to this conclusion about half an hour after talking to John on the phone.
It was something painfully obvious that I had overlooked on the first assessment, that I gave myself a massive face-palm after I discovered it.
I’d been talking to John about how difficult it would be to transfer and re-solder type stubs between typebars. John mentioned that he’d actually done it ‘thousands of times’ before, and that it was a fairly routine repair.
After I put the phone down, some of the discussion seemed to be still ringing in my ears. So I grabbed the Hermes Baby out, and had a good hard look at the type stubs.
And what do you know! Two particular stubs had a modest excess of solder on them.
So, I’m calling it. I think this is firmly an Italiano machine which had been converted by the dealer before it was sold – new.
Meanwhile…. back at the ranch.
Many of us from the typosphere are very conscious about the sustainability of our activities, and we enjoy the fact that our typewriters use renewable materials and have a very limited carbon footprint.
But, what about our websites? You may ask. They use power hungry severs, and all kinds of stuff!
Well! I think I have the answer as to how the typosphere is powered as well.
The idea came to me while I was reading this interview with Christopher Lockett – the director of “The Typewriter (in the 21st Century)”. It was when I read the quote: “Richard Polt, a professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati — he runs the Typosphere, a group of websites related to typewriters” that I formulated my theory, which led me to and amazing discovery.
Now, having never received orders or directions from Richard Polt about my blog, I was trying to figure out exactly what he was running.
So I dug deep. Deeper than I’ve ever dug before. Deeper than a drunken backhoe operator trying to see “how deep this thing can dig”! Deeper than a oil rig can drill. Deeper than any random conspiracy theory goes. Deeper than the X-Files.