Friday, March 7, 2008
Olympia SM 7
Feature filled and slick, a pleasure to use. Not built to the same standards as the 1920s remington ... but then what is?
Remington Portable with case.
The rear pressure rollers need some work as the rubber has perished and will need to be replaced.
Remington Noiseless (With case)
All working but really needs a good clean and oil to help a sluggish carrage. The case is complete and should clean up well.
Remington Noiseless (Near mint condition with case)
Both the typewriter and case are in great condition. The machine is a pleasure to use and while not actually noiseless it is significantly quieter than normal typewriters.
Royal Model 10
A very solid machine with spectacular beveled glass windows into the internal workings. These solid model 10s have seen more than a few years go by.
A natural follow-on from the model 10 above and every bit as heavy duty. Another workhorse from Royal
1940 Vintage Underwood Master
There has been an Underwood sitting back home in Oz for as long as I can remember. The tool of choice for creating readable correspondence, originally purchased for typing up welding notes.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I think the Oliver may have suffered from an impact on the top in shipping. I'll have to remove the type bar supports and look at the best way of truing everything up.
We'll see how this all pans out.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
It was sent on Dec 27th and arrived on Jan 12th for a total of 16 days in transit. Just as well I didn't need it in a hurry! I've had packages travel from Victoria, Australia to Texas, USA in 10 days ....
There are a few mechanical issues that need to be taken care of, mainly type bars that are binding with each other.
The photograph shows an Oliver Model 3. Its not my actual Model 3, mine is in a bit worse shape at the moment.
Hopefully I'll be able to sell a few of my other typewriters and purchase a fully restored Model 9 in the near future.
Take a look at The Oliver Typewriter Shop for examples of superbly restored machines.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The Slow Death of the U.S. Postal Service
by James Bovard
James Bovard, an associate policy analyst of the Cato Insti- tute, has written widely on the U.S. Postal Service for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Mail service in the United States is getting slower, more expensive, and less reliable. First-class mail moves 15 percent slower than it did in 1969. The cost of first-class postage is rising twice as fast as inflation. According to the U.S. Postal Service's own figures, postal worker productivity has declined during the 1980s.The Postal Service is misleading the American public on the quality of mail service it provides. Post office hours have been slashed, mail has been intentionally slowed down, and millions of Americans have been denied home mail delivery. In some cities, post offices are opening an hour later in the morning and the last mail pickup of the day is now at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The Postal Service would like to do even more: In 1986, for example, Postmaster General Albert Casey advocated abolishing Monday mail deliveries and abolishing standards for two-day delivery of first-class mail.
Click here for the full story.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Actually Google has a pretty good thing going with their whole suite of internet applications, the single sign-on feature is nice ... slightly scary from a security point of view, but very convenient.
As you can tell from the title of this blog I have a thing for old and antiquated technology. Sadly I'm still waiting on my Oliver Model 3 typewriter to be delivered by USPS, so I'm purging my buffers here in the meantime.
USPS has been very slow according to the various postings I have seen scattered around the web, 14 days to move one item 25 miles .... 7 months to mail a book across the US.