|The solid chrome strip versus the black striped chrome strip is the only difference I can see (other than the color of course).
|Good Christmas indeed, the Royal in it's fancy case on top and my reproduction Crosley record player below.
|Nasty, crappy, non-functioning Selectric I. Shame because it is the best looking and easiest to store Selectric (it is next to a Royal KMM for size comparison). This will be offered to a repairman for parts and if it gets refused it will be scraped. I already pulled at least 4 cigarette butts from it... silly rednecks (this was a free "excellent condition" machine, yeah ok).
|My Selectric II, a good Goodwill find and it came with a dust cover and extra ribbons at a steal price.
|Yep, got all three Selectrics, you gotta catch em all right?
|One of my job benefits is occasionally finding these in the warehouse and getting them cheap. Some were broken and that was a loss but these work and overall I have gotten a good deal on these.
|My Selectric III with the table that came with in it's new location (outside of the typewriter room, GASP!)
|Jumper was a dumb-name, as of now I christen the III "Humpty Dumpty" for obvious reasons. Boy did I feel stupid/guilty when it flew off the cart. Amazingly it works like a charm with only a crack on the bottom and some screwy hinges for the top-piece which I disconnected. I am very glad to have it because I have had some of these awesome typeballs for a while and they don't work on my II.
|Dreams do indeed sometimes come true!
|If you haven't yet seen a Selectric in action, you need to.
|"Totally Your Type" in machine stenography. It is a chorded typing language, the left side is the initial consonant, the middle the vowel, and the right is the final consonant. Each line more or less represents a syllable. This typing language is still used in courtrooms today.
|The stenotype is about a foot in length.
|Each print element is fixed in location, and several keys are depressed at once to represent a sound. The message reads "stenotype".
|It is a closer cousin to the adding machine than it is the typewriter. I believe this is from the late 30s early 40s, but I don't know.
|Not much space on the keyboard. Some typists could allegedly type 300-330 words per minute on one of these!
|Really odd paper and paper tray. I suppose if I cannot buy this paper I can fold up an add-roll which will likely be more labor intensive than respooling a ribbon. I wonder how many court sessions could get recorded on one paper load.
|The case (on the left) is similar in size to a Corona 3's (right), so pretty darn small.
|I have been a ghost for a while, but I am back and still playing with typewriters, don't worry. I just haven't posted. I have added at least one new machine and played with several others. Been active on my other blog a little and I will be getting back to this one.
|I haven't tried this so I don't know if this is impressive or not. It looks difficult. Shows how late this past is though... sorry typosphere!
|Right handed carriage return is odd but I found one gets used to it quickly. The paper tray looks like newer models, but the serial number says this is a 2. Perhaps it was rebuilt or repainted at some point?
|I forgot to add that you can now visit this blog by simply going to totallyyourtype.com thanks to my old roommate who gave me a domain name as a birthday gift.
|One has to lift up the carriage to see what has been written, the typebars swing up from underneath. Look at how fat that ribbon is!
|I think the understriking Remingtons look like pouncing spiders with their carriages up.
|Inside the box, know what it is yet?
|How about now? It is apparently a 1927 (I haven't verified that yet) 16mm movie projector. It seems to work. I am waiting on an extra empty spool from eBay and then I should be able to watch this short Abbott and Costello skit I have.
|Let's all just hope the day I need to replace this bulb is a loooong ways away... (that's typewriter thumb there, as in ink, I am actually a clean person).