9 Mar 2017

Typewriters in the TPL archives

1937 - The Stationers Inc typewriter showroom.

I've been digging through Tacoma Public Library's online photo archive; here are some interesting typewriter-related images I've found.

1937 - The Stationers Inc typewriter repair shop.

1937 - The Stationers Inc typewriter repair shop.

1940 - Tacoma Times newspaper office.

1941 - Interior of the Cunocar mobile accounting service's van.

1952 - Sears display of Remington portable typewriters.

1952 - New Royal standards delivered to the Washington State Federation of Labor.

1975 - 16-year-old Randall Bailey with his antique collection, including an Oliver.

22 Feb 2017

Typewriters at the SFO Museum

I was contacted by the SFO Museum because they wanted to add some color to the mid-century section of their upcoming typewriter display (May 2017 to January 2018 in Terminal 2, if you're curious). They chose these four, along with two change-a-type kits.

At the end of last month, Daniel and Alisa made the drive from San Francisco to pick them up. We'd discussed by email the possibility of including my Moskva 4 in the international display as well, but space constraints prevented it.

But, after showing it to them, we decided I'd loan it to them and they'd try to fit it in anyway! Fingers crossed the space can be found for it! Many years ago (way before I started this blog) I'd had the idea to set up a typewriter display in my local library, but it never materialized. So I'm glad to finally be able to do something like this.

7 Feb 2017

PNW2017 (days 5 to 8)

Our next stop was one of my favorite places in the world, the Hoh rainforest.

I'd never visited it in the middle of winter with snow, and it was a new and different experience.

With the temperature just below zero, the typical thick, foresty, musty feeling of the air was less apparent.

We got to see salmon swimming upriver to lay their eggs.

This is a natural colonnade of trees formed by a nurselog.

Next, we hiked the Ozette trail to Cape Alava, the westernmost point of the contiguous 48 states. Much of the trail was a boardwalk.

Here are some views of the coast at Cape Alava.

Then we drove up to Hurricane Ridge to get the real snow experience. It's a popular place for skiers but we just tromped around in the snow.

Our next destination was Seattle, which we reached by the Bremerton ferry.

Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in North America, and is publicly owned.

It gives a great view of the Seattle skyline.

To get a daylight view, we climbed to the top of the water tower in Volunteer Park, a free alternative to the Space Needle.

Plus, you get to actually see the Space Needle in the skyline this way.

3 Feb 2017

Interior decorating with typewriters

Olympia SM9

I was leafing through my copy of The House Book by Terence Conran (1974) and came across this stylish setting and thought to myself "they picked that Olympia because it matched the color scheme" (even their stationary of choice is yellow to match the accent color!)

Hermes Baby

So I went through the book and found all the identifiable instances of typewriters in their various settings. I think this Hermes (or is it an Empire?) wasn't chosen to match the color scheme.

Olivetti Lettera 22

What's a stylish room without an Olivetti? Putty looks pretty good here.

Olivetti Studio 44

And for this second Olivetti, did they pick it because it matched the table and chair? Or did they paint their furniture to match their typewriter? Part of my hopes it's the latter.

30 Jan 2017

PNW2017 (days 1 to 4)

Earlier this month, I, W, and two friends visiting from Europe went on a long road trip along the northwest coast, beginning in northern California and ending in an extended stay on the Olympic Peninsula and Seattle/Tacoma area.

This is a shot from the California redwoods.

These are some images of the southern Oregon coast.

I'm not good at identifying birds, so I call these carrot-beaks.

Sand dunes several miles inland from the Oregon coast.

The lighthouse at Heceta Head is in the distance; photo taken from Sea Lion Point, aptly named as there were dozens of them making quite a racket below.

Another southern Oregon coastal view.

Now in Aberdeen, Washington, is this, one of my favorite low clearance bridges. (Only 6'6" clearance on the left side)

Naturally fallen red alder trees (not to be confused with birch) in the Queets forest, Olympic Peninsula.

Some frost in the area, as the temperature hovered around the freezing point.

Plenty of good rocks for skipping.

We hiked along a road that was closed due to being destroyed by a landslide. This shows the aftermath, looking out towards the river from the new end of the road.

Now at the beach at Kalaloch, sea anemones.

Sunset and seagulls.

Windswept trees.