Just kidding. But some definite design similarities with this beautiful Smith-Corona Skyriter weighing in at just 7lbs! (With the case, it is just 2.75" thick.) I believe this model is from the late-fifties. It's listed on ebay with just 4 hours to go, but already at $230+ dollars, this one shan't be mine. More on Smith-Coronas here and here.
(p.s. I love my Macbook Air!)
Happiness #1: the 1956 red Royal Quiet De Luxe Typewriter that I bought on ebay (for $66 plus shipping!) just before Valentine's Day has arrived! She's a beauty... just needing some cleaning, oiling, ribbon and general TLC.
Happiness #2: Camilla has sent me a pair of her Converse Red All Star sneakers! Camilla - a million thank yous for this and the creative inspiration you bring to us all.
They look so good together:
( a few more images posted to Flickr )
Jan at Poppytalk has began a new column on collecting and asked me to contribute. This was a great motivation to do something I've wanted to for a while... photograph my collection of vintage typewriter ribbon tins! You can read about the collection on Poppytalk today. To view the tins up close to admire all the typographic goodness, please visit my Flickr set.
Last night, the UPPERCASE Typewriter Club participated in Flywheel's monthly reading series at McNally Robinson. We had three typists putting random thoughts onto paper that were then read aloud (spelling mistakes, typing errors and all!) by audience members. See more pictures here.
“I worked 60 years of my life, and it seems the only thing I did is this fucking red machine,” he said (in a 2006 interview). “And it came out a mistake. It was supposed to be a very inexpensive portable, to sell in the market, like pens. It didn’t have capital letters, it didn’t have a bell [to let you know when you’d hit the end of a line]. I wanted the case to be inexpensive. Then the people at Olivetti said you cannot sell this kind of cheap Chinese thing. So, everything was put back: the capital letters, the bell, even the expensive plastic, which I was thinking would be this horrible, cheap plastic. So, it was a mistake.” – LA WEEKLY
Sottsass has also described the Valentine as "too obvious, a bit like a girl wearing a very short skirt and too much make-up." Nevertheless, the design of this machine – introduced near the end of the typewriter era – will forever be celebrated as one of Sottsass' great contributions.
The all business "present with a future" (ad for the Olivetti Underwood Lettera 32) or the warm-fuzzy typewriter that brings the whole family together.
Our little typewriter club is getting together Saturday at 2pm in the Palette Coffeeshop (same floor as UPPERCASE). Everyone is welcome. If you have a machine to show off or donate to the group, please do stop by.
The images above are from an amazing collection of typewriters being auctioned off here.
I sold my Olympia yesterday to a lovely girl from the UK who is lugging it home as carry-on luggage! I know it has found a loving and attentive new owner. I enjoyed cleaning up this machine and giving it a new life. Next project: a green Royal Quiet Writer Deluxe!
(from the inaugural UPPERCASE typewriter
club, October 13, 2007) Next meeting date
to be announced soon.
The Olympia De Luxe, circa 1960.
I'm looking forward to reading the new book by Gordon Bruce about Eliot Noyes (published by Phaidon). My particular interest is Noyes' involvement in the industrial design of typewriters. (via Coudal)
Eliot Noyes (1910–77) was a remarkable figure in twentieth-century design. An architect who began his career working in the office of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, he went on to become the first Director of the Industrial Design department at MoMA in the 1940s. From the late 1950s until his death in 1977 he was Consulting Director of Design for IBM, Mobil Oil, Westinghouse and Cummins Engine Company, and was responsible for bringing about a change in the way that these corporations, and others that followed, were to think about design and its impact on business. He enlisted pioneering designers, notably Charles Eames, Paul Rand, Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar, to help him bring about innovative architectural, graphic and industrial design. He was personally responsible for the design of some notable twentieth-century classics, such as IBM’s Selectric typewriter …
Here are some treasures that combine my two obsessions: vintage papers + typewriters. I'll be rearranging the gallery to display a wonderful collection of vintage valentines (1890s through 1960s). The majority of the valentines will be for sale for $3 - $30 (except for a few that I can't bear to part with!)