Thursday, January 31, 2013

Courier Prime

A redone version of an old favorite font (Courier). One of the inspirations for the italic typestyle?

Other Couriers just slant the letters to create faux italics. We give you a whole new face, modeled off the “casual” script of vintage typewriters, that looks magnifique.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Typewriters for Africa wanted in DC area

"MANUAL Typewriters are needed for the children and people of Bandundu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They have no electricity and therefore need manual typewriters to teach typing skills to their students."

Read more about this appeal on this Craigslist ad.

The donations are being collected in the Washington, DC area, and there is no lack of typewriters for sale on the DC Craigslist: see the listings here.

Typospherians interested in helping this worthy cause could contact the project organizer and offer to help to pay for typewriters for sale in the area. This way, there would be no need to ship a machine. But you could also send a spare typewriter to DC. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Identify Those Typewriters: Tom Wolfe and "Kingdom"

Hi all -- Happy New Year. We'll start 2013 with a puzzler -- what's the typewriter shown on the typing side of (reportedly) Mr. Tom Wolfe in this photo?

(click to embiggenate)

Tom -- a different Tom! -- posted this in the Tom Wolfe topic from last fall:
What typewriter does Tom Wolfe use? It looks kind of like one of those Underwood Five machines from the 1960s. But not exactly.
On his excellent page, Richard just lists "Underwood" but no model. What say you, Scholars of the Sphere?

If that one poses too easy for you, the wife and I have been watching Stephen Fry's "Kingdom" on Netflix in the evenings -- it's a veddy English "gentle" lawyer drama. Part of the set dressing features a large blue standard machine with an extra-wide carriage, perched up on top of a bookshelf -- you get glimpses of it now and again. I would expect it's a British brand of some kind, though to my novice eyes, it also looks like an Underwood, though I'm sure I'm biased by my own 1960's blue version. I'll see if there's a way for me to grab a screenshot of it somehow.

 A glass of new year cheer raised to the correct identification of these machines!