Apples and the River

Filed under: Typecast — olivander September 27, 2009 @ 10:37 am

Typewriter: c.1957 DeJur-Triumph Perfekt

The Poison Garden

Filed under: Insomnia, Typecast — olivander September 16, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

Typewriter: 1950 Royal Quiet DeLuxe

Undeserved accolades

Filed under: Diversions — olivander September 14, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

Monda at No Telling has presented this blog with the Kreativ Blogger award! Thanks, Monda! Apparently, there’s a fine line between creative and crazy, and I’m dancin’ just north of the difference between being handed awards and being handed prescriptions. Gosh, I didn’t even think to have them install a trophy shelf anywhere within Oliver Towers!

I don’t normally participate in memes that require passing something along chain-letter style, but receiving a creativity award from Monda is like getting a gold star in one of her writing classes, so I will happily play along this time.

As with most things that are worth having, there are Rules that accompany this award. They are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting. (see below)
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

There are only about seven non-political blogs that I visit regularly, so if you know me, there’s a good chance that you’re gonna get an award! My nominees for the Creative Kreativ Blogger award are:

  1. Strikethru at Strikethru for outstanding ephemeral creativity.
  2. Mike Clemens at Clickthing for outstanding retrotech craftiness.
  3. Joe Van Cleve at Joe Van Cleave’s Blog for outstanding camera creativity.
  4. Tatiana Cardeal at Brazil | Social | Photography for outstanding photography.
  5. Speculator at La Vie Graphite for outstanding confluence of written and visual art.
  6. c.e. grundler at c.e. grundler for outstanding creativity in vintage boat repair.
  7. Little Flower Petals at Little Flower Petals for outstanding thinkspills.

Seven things you might find interesting about me:

  1. I wear a fedora almost everywhere.
  2. I co-founded our state’s only barefoot hiking club.
  3. I sometimes drive around with my iPod hooked up to an FM transmitter set to a popular station but playing an empty track, so the cars around me find their radios drowned out by silence.
  4. Favorite cocktail: orange juice, splash of vodka, splash of rum, splash of banana schnapps.
  5. I never owned a brand-new car until last year. Technically, it’s my wife’s, anyway.
  6. I have a near-pathological fear of spiders, flying, and  needles.
  7. I really, really dislike talking about myself.

In the spirit of creativeness, I’ve worked up my own version of the Kreativ Blogger award. The nominees can either grab the image below or click the version in the header for a downloadable if you prefer the more quiltish style.

And now, if y’all don’t mind, I need to excuse myself and head to Target to buy a shelf.


Filed under: Musings, Typecast — olivander September 11, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

Time & Distance

Typewriter: 1950 Smith-Corona Skyriter

Mischief always starts with the thrift store

Filed under: Books, Diversions, ephemera — olivander September 4, 2009 @ 9:51 am

Some time back, I found a box of library checkout cards at the thrift store. No sleeves, just the cards. Despite having no idea how I could possibly use them, I bought the box, because you just don’t leave behind something that neat. It went on a shelf upstairs and was largely forgotten.

Then not too far back, Monda posted about her love of old bookplates, a nearly extinct item both in use and the art thereof. And then it hit me.

A long time back, a Flickr friend taught me how to do injet transfers. This is like Polaroid transfers, but without the Polaroid. Here’s how you do it: Take one of those sheets of print-your-own shipping labels and peel off all of the labels, so you have only the blank wax paper-like sheet. Put that sheet in your printer shiny-side up and print on it as if it were glossy photo paper (if your image has text, be sure to flip it before printing, or it will come out backwards). As soon as it comes out of the printer, press a lightly dampened sheet of paper over the image. Pretend you’re lifting a comic strip with Silly Putty (the principles involved are actually nearly identical). After several seconds of pressing, gently lift off the paper. The image should now be transferred onto it.

You may have to experiment with your printer’s brightness and contrast settings and the amount of your paper’s dampness until you hit upon a good combination. For me, the process has been hit-or-miss, I think mostly because I’d previously worked with a notebook of homemade paper. The texture is a bit too rough for a good transfer. Which in fact is why I’d never written in that notebook and chose it for inkjet transfer experiments. Some people say that cheapo ultra-glossy photo paper also works instead of a label sheet, but I’ve had better luck with the label sheet. In theory, heavy wax paper ought to also work, but I haven’t tried it.

After reading Monda’s post, I thought, why not use inkjet transfers to make my own bookplates? Naturally, I was reluctant to risk a nice book for a potential transfer disaster (plus, moisture–on a book?! Never!). But then I remembered that box of library cards upstairs. Voila! Last night I ran off a few, until my label sheet finally crinkled and curled from too many times wiping away the leftover ink. Here are the results:

(Click each to see it larger.)

The one on the left was my first attempt. Too small, but not bad. On the right, we see that Aubrey Beardsley works well for this method, but I evidently neglected to dampen the card enough and lost most of the art deco border.

Here are a couple that I made by altering old typewriter advertisements. The one on the left is from an Adler ad, and Remington on the right. I like these two a lot.

I didn’t insert names into any of them because I figure that it would be more appropriate to type or write one’s name on the card.

So there you have it: DIY bookplates. I think I’ve just given away what a few people are getting for Christmas, but oh, well.

(Just watch. There is probably a small collective of library card collectors who are at this moment calling me a destructive heathen for destroying pristine library cards.)

Weg die Schienen

Filed under: Project 88, Typecast — olivander September 2, 2009 @ 9:55 am

“Nicht heilend Geisteswunden
das Lebeneine bittere Schande
Ich gehe weg die Schienen auf einem verrückten Zug”
–Ozzy Osbourne

Typewriter: 1932 Remie Scout

Remington Portable #1, a late review

Filed under: Typecast, typewriters — olivander September 1, 2009 @ 10:24 am

I wrote this back in February, but never posted it ’til now.

Postscript: my prediction has come true! Since writing this, I’ve acquired seven more Remingtons (nine if you count the two Remington-owned Torpedos).  Other than a junked Standard #7 that I bought for parts and an early Remie Scout with a carriage issue that I purchased purely as a collectible, I love ‘em all. I’ve been calling 2009 “The year of the Remington”.

Typewriter: 1921 Remington Portable #1