Keep Your Typewriter Working for Uncle Sam

Filed under: Finds, ephemera, typewriters — olivander May 20, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

Dirt...is the Enemy!

For your education and amusement, I present the 1950 Federal Work Improvement Program Equipment Maintenance Series #1 booklet, Typewriter Care. Here you will find an excellently illustrated guide to cleaning and maintaining your government-issued typewriter, how to lift and carry a typewriter, fastening the typewriter to a desk, removing the platen, and helpful hints to prolong your typewriter’s life. Though not perhaps as amusingly dated as Family Fallout Shelters, it is nonetheless an interesting and informative glimpse into the days when the typewriter repair guy was as ubiquitous to the office as today’s helpdesk guy.

Caution to those on dialup: the pdf is just over 5mb in size.

It only costs a dime, just a nickel a shoe

Filed under: Typecast — olivander May 16, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

Typecast 4/29/2008

From a Hermes Rocket

Filed under: Typecast — Oliver May 2, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

A little free-association poem written as I tested out a Hermes Rocket I had just finished cleaning up.