Hanx, one fun app

Tom Hanks, yes that one, loves vintage typewriters.  He has a large collection of them.  There is an app i have been running on my iPad2 called Hanx from him, it simulates typing on an vintage typewriter.  It has a delightful animated interface and is not bad at all for a text processor.  Do try it out.

to find a review of it online see http://www.macworld.com/article/2605856/hanx-writer-brings-1940s-typewriter-technology-to-the-ipad-and-nails-it.html

Corona Special Folding Typewriter No. 3

13806129745_cafe842801_b saw this yesterday in a nearby antiques store…..no case, backspace key with it but the antiques guy could not get it fitted back on the machine, still very clean, very snappy key actions, carriage return works well, I was tempted and may go back for it.

Made around 1928-30.  Seems some 600,000 were made.  I checked prices on ebay and the price locally is tempting.

It is an interesting typewriter and would make a great addition to my collection.

 

 

Typewriter – Underwood 5 Standard photos and sample

Underwood  5 Standard Typewriter

Underwood 5 Standard Typewriter

I recently acquired this example of an Underwood 5 Standard Typewriter.  Serial number suggests that it was made in the second half of 1928 and sold by the Thomas & Corney Typewriters Ltd. of Toronto, Ontario.  The letter s is striking off line, but all else seems to work well.  This typewriter cost me $10 and $9 for a new ribbon.

UNDERWOOD 5 TYPING SAMPLE DSC00989

 

 

Underwood  5 Standard Typewriter

Underwood 5 Standard Typewriter

Underwood 5

Underwood 5

Underwood 5

Underwood 5

 

Underwood 5

Underwood 5

 

 

 

 

Portable typewriter Olympia SM-9

Olympia SM-9 portable manual typewriter made in West Germany

The parental units decided to buy this new in the 1960s and turned my older sister and I loose to type up school materials.  I was the typist of the student kind for my high school newspaper for four years.  I used this piece of German engineering almost all the way through the University of Toronto.  I went electric with the Smith Corona Coronamatic, which used ribbon cartridges.