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Slowing Down With a Typewriter: The Meandered Musings of a Not-So-Practical-Poet

  If you know me well, you know that I'm always interested to hear about a person's experience with their new writing machine.  To that end, I asked Brandon if he would mind to write a piece reflecting on his experience with his newly acquired Smith-Corona Silent typewriter.  He graciously agreed.  Take a few minutes and read Brandon's reflections below.  You'll be glad you did. --Bryan --------------------------------------------------------------------- Slowing Down With a Typewriter:The Meandered Musings of a Not-So-Practical-Poet I think I was about eight years old, maybe nine. It’s funny the things that memory opts to keep so fresh, even as years and years fade. I remember this particular moment like it was yesterday. I remember the cold kitchen linoleum underneath my...

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The Underwood Leader Typewriter - a Review

I purchased an Underwood Leader Typewriter a few weeks ago.  This one appeared to be in very good condition and since I don't happen to own this model, it seemed like a good time to purchase one.  I've had it long enough now that I thought I'd provide a short review. Cosmetics The cosmetics of this machine are good since it sports an eye-pleasing two-tone paint in light and dark gray.  What you don't see in this machine is a lot of chrome or other accents that you might find on more fully featured machines.  The Leader was meant to be a bare-bones typewriter . . . just enough functionality to do what a typewriter needs to do without any...

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Recommended Typewriter Accessories - Part 2 - Colored Typewriter Ribbons!

Last time, I wrote about one essential typewriter accessory, the typewriter pad.  In this blog post, I thought I'd write about another recommended typewriter accessory:  colored typewriter ribbons! Traditionally, typewriters have used solid black ribbons or half red/half black ribbons.  Those are the two most common typewriter ribbons available for purchase today.  Those are the ones I sell in my shop on kytyper.com. However, it's great fun to add a splash of color to your typewritten notes, poems, and letters.  A green typewriter ribbon is perfect for the holiday season that is just a few weeks away!  Have fun with it. We're also fortunate enough that colored typewriter ribbons are fairly easy to come by.  Recently, I purchased FJA's 7...

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Recommended Typewriter Accessories - Part 1

You've bought a beautiful vintage typewriter and now you're wondering what accessories you may need.  One essential accessory for your typewriter is a nice typewriter pad. Typewriter Pads I  use a typewriter pad most any time I am using a typewriter.  What is a typewriter pad?  It's really just a cushioned pad that is placed under a typewriter to help hold the machine in place and to absorb any vibration.  My current favorites are these sold by Richard Polt.  They are the perfect size for most all my typewriters and have a rubber packing which really helps keep my typewriter in place when I'm typing.  Even better, the proceeds go to a good cause.  Go buy yourself a couple and...

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The IBM Wheelwriter Typewriter: A Review

I’ll admit it, I used to turn up my nose at the IBM (and later, Lexmark) Wheelwriter typewriter.  After all, it was electronic and being I prefer manual or electric (mechanical with a motor) typewriters, the Wheelwriter never really appealed to me.  Unlike the IBM Selectric, it didn’t have a pleasing design.  It lacked all sex appeal.  Even the color was bland and uninteresting.  And then there's that plastic case. All those things still ring true but the IBM Wheelwriter really shines in functionality.  To be completely transparent, when I have a lot of typing to do, I reach for the Wheelwriter more often than not.  Why?  Because it’s a solid workhorse of a typewriter that can handle anything I...

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