The typewriters of Singapore

Early in September I had an opportunity to visit a country I have always been quite fascinated by. While its colonial past seems relatively peaceful, Singapore became a major flashpoint during the Second World War that had huge implications for the region, including Australia. It is an island that shares a waterway with the south…

Japanese typewriters: New to the collection

A little while ago a friend of mine by the name of John Munroe sent me this great little Olivetti 32 ‘Katakana’ typewriter. I’d been keeping an eye out for such a machine for a number of years now, but as you may expect – such typewriters are generally non existent in markets that are…

Fryerstown Safari 2016

  About an hour and a half out of Melbourne there’s a small township that is known by the name of Fryerstown. Today, it has a population of 350, which underplays the towns historical significance. In the late 1800’s Fryerstown had a population of 15,000, all of which had flocked to the area during the…

Digging deeper into John Lavery’s Archive.

The little Toyota Echo that I was driving is nothing like the Nissan X-Trail that  I used to make my way out into rural south-east Queensland in. It’d been years since I had driven a manual car, let alone one with absolutely no power steering. As I drove past the trucks and utes around the town…

Invicta we trust.

The Invicta. It has the most beautiful segment ever made, and a sharp and sophisticated design in its branding that is almost iconic. This is a machine that has an art-deco flair that has only been surpassed by the better known Olivetti Studio 42. But none of that seemed to stop this machine coming dangerously close to losing its life.…