I hereby interrupt the vacation typecast series to bring you a greeting from the newest member of the Vintage Technology Obsessions typing stable. Vintage Technology Obsessions will return to regularly scheduled posts after Typewriter Day.
|That would be "exercise" that Keylime needed. At least I spelled derelict right the first time. Spell check has ruined me.|
You might remember this mystery machine from the recent post on the derelict red Royal I saved from a key chopper on ebay. It has the Vogue typeface, but is many hours of repairs away from being useful for actual typing. I found Keylime first and happened upon old Red several weeks later.
It only took us a few minutes to determine the appropriate name for this machine. She came from Florida and reportedly belonged to the spouse of a former president of a state university. The color balance in these photos is pretty accurate. This is one upbeat and perky little typewriter! She is sweet and tart like a slice of keylime pie.
As I noted in Old Red's post, finding a Vogue Royal was an eight month obsessional journey for me. I don't regret the search. However, like any junkie, I have experienced a bit of a letdown having procured my fix. Now I will happily type away until I find a Graphika or something with a fractur typeface.
As for may statement regarding interesting typewriters showing up in threes, I will provide a few examples. All of these showed up in one to two week clusters, some have just disappeared even in common form:
Olympia SM3: Three machines with the italic typeface and fairly clear photos.
Facit: Three portables of various descriptions with the cursive typeface.
Royal Portable: Three machines ranging from Futura to Safari models with the obscure cursive typeface.
Erika: There was a week where almost ten model 5 machines appeared. This is the week I scored an incredibly rare Erika M while no one was paying attention. Well, that is more than three.
This typewriter had a bit of a premium attached, but it was in line with the prevailing prices of similar second generation Royal portables with average typefaces. Having come from Florida, I was pleasantly surprised that Keylime had no funky odors (unlike Margo, the gold Royal QDL from Florida). All I did was a basic clean and lube and here she is! The type bars were clean prior to adding a cheap Office Max ribbon. She really deserves an NOS silk ribbon if anyone has one available.
By the time this post goes live, the big Kansas City weekend of Maker Faire and Art of the Car will be well underway. I am looking forward to geeking out on technology old and new. I am not looking forward to the 100+ degree weather expected on Sunday.
With that, I will leave you with a closeup of this luscious typeface.