About this blog

This blog is about the daily activities in a busy typewriter shop. I want to share with you the many interesting people who come in here, the beautiful machines I get and most of all the great typewriter stories that people share with me!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Meet Hercules and CNN Video

A 1937 Royal KHM with 18" platen.


A 1958 Olympia SM-3 with cool math symbols.


A 1944 ad for Smith Corona.

A 1936 Corona Portable ad.

A 1953 ad for Smith Corona ribbons.


  1. Great update as always, how interesting that you are in touch with a British counterpart. Happy to hear that business is good over there too (by the way, the link to his shop doesn't work).

    I was thrilled to see the CNN feature, it really made me want to visit Cambridge Typewriter one day. Congratulations again, Tom!

    1. I just fixed the link to my friend in England. Thanks again Ton!

  2. That's a great video -- I like how Bob Crowley let you speak for yourself.

    And that is one neat Olympia!

  3. That Olympia is a real treat! The video is great and I've distributed it through multiple social media posts.

  4. Wonderful video.

    That Olympia is really interesting. I like unusual for typewriter symbols. I've been collecting the various engineering and math interchageable type for my Smith-Corona Classic 12.

    Thanks for posting the neat ads.

  5. So... That's how you look and sound. And such energy! That video is great.

  6. Richard- A NPR reporter told me that these kinds of stories are more effective when the reporter stays out of the piece and the subject tells his own story. Glad you like the SM-3.

    Dwayne- Thanks for spreading the story, I appreciate it.

    Bill- I like the unusual symbols too. I have a bunch of machines where I don't know some of the symbols.

    Scott- Isn't it nice to have a face and voice to go with the blog. Just kidding. Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Oh that was you! I watched the video and even put in on my blog. But I didn't have time to do some research yet. Funny thing! I really liked it, it's a nice video.

  8. Wow! That is a wide platen. Typewriters have been revived in the scrapbooking papercrafting arena and many of my fellow scrappers are constantly searching for a typewriter with a platen 12 inches or wider. So, there you go! There are many areas such a monster machine could still be relevant. Thanks for sharing your blog. I enjoy following it.