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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 10, 2013

Using A Typewriter To Make Art

The artist rolls in long rolls of linen to type text on.

A 1942 Rooy Intermediaire 40 Portable

This machine has a funny angular profile but a great touch.

This 1938 Adler Standard got creamed in shipment but survived.

This was a nice little score on Ebay.


  1. Yet another interesting client, I'll check the NYTimes article.

    I find the angular lines of the Rooy Intermediate very attractive, nice to know it has a good touch. The Adler-Standard is another handsome machine, I cringe to think how it got trashed in the the long journey. I would hesitate to have a heavy standard shipped from overseas. It's great that you got it to work again.

    That name plate is precious!

  2. I need to do some research on your customer. He seems to have some interesting art.

    That Rooy is really fantastic. Another to add to my never ending wish list.

    Very nice work on the Adler. I would not want to ship one of those in the U.S. I can only imagine what it must have gone through on its trip from Europe.

  3. Congratulations of your first 33 years! Shame about the Adler but like you say, Karma may have had a hand in its fortunes.

  4. Peter Sacks sounds like quite the creative man; thanks for introducing me to his work.

    I have one of those Rooys. Good machine, made into the '50s or '60s in various body styles. It reminds me a lot of Olympia portables but I'm not sure there's a direct connection.

    An Adler Standard! I've really wanted one (without an SS key) since I got a chance to try the Davises' Adler Standard last fall. They are common in Germany, but often in mediocre condition and of course they have the QWERTZ keyboard usually. Then there are the shipping risks...

    Thanks for another good update.

  5. That Adler is a stunning machine. I'm glad to hear it survived.

  6. Ton- Thanks! It bums me out when people don't think to overpack heavy machines. They don't have a chance.

    Bill- Thanks! I might look into a Rooy too, but one with a QWERTY keyboard if there is such a thing.

    Rob- Man, 33 years goes by too quickly. I feel lucky to still be able to do what I love. Thanks.

    Richard- I was impressed with the Adler Standard too. That was the first one I've ever tried. It was solid and well designed. Just a little too heavy to ship overseas. thanks!

    Scott- Glad you appreciated the Adler Standard. It is impressive. And really fun to type on. Thanks.