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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!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Does Anyone Type In Middle English Anymore ?

Early SM9 w/13" platen and Middle English keyboard.

Second SM9 with Middle English keyboard.

Olympia Splendid 33 with Hungarian keyboard

Olympia SM9 with same keyboard.

It still looks like a brand new machine.

Being interviewed by Fox-25 Morning News.

These Torpedo 18 machines always look great.

Love the address here.

The cover is masking a Royal KMM

My 1930 Rem. 3 typed up this blog.

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  1. Ooh, I imagine having a stock of such nice machines with nearly useless charactersets must be frustrating. Have you ever considered retyping them the way dealers used to do with trade-ins that had unmarketable typefaces and charactersets? Undoubtedly a fiddly and time-consuming job, though - maybe just offer them on ebay? (:

  2. Hey! Didn't you post the picture of that Olympia SM2 (3?) yesterday? And the day before? ;)

    If these two first machines weren't missing "á" and "ö" characters I would put them as Icelandic.

  3. Ted- Sometimes I can replace the keys and keycaps for english but mostly not. I'll hold onto them for a while. Thanks for always commenting!

    ZetiX- Several customers have already commented on the close connection of Middle English and Icelandic. There's some common history there. Thanks for your comments.

  4. Anoðer interesting update! I þink I'd like to find a Middle English typewriter someday.

    1. Very nice Richard! Every collector should have a Middle English typewriter. Thanks

    2. That's the power of good advertising! Just two days ago you had two Middle English typewriters. Now - it seems - you have none! :)

  5. Here is the link to the Fox 25 story: http://www.fox25boston.com/specials/ziptrip/typewriter-business-booming-in-arlington/361170559

    Those Middle English machines are taking me back to the college days when I read Chaucer. If you still have one next time I'm in the shop . . . .

    1. Thanks for putting up the link to the story. Why didn't I think of that! I'll save a Middle English machine just for you next month. I'll post the type-in date next week, it's looking like end of September.

  6. My 3 hours of sleep last night must be affecting me. When I first read this article, my mind substituted Middle Earth for Middle English. Who wouldn't like a hobbit typewriter? LOL

  7. Oooo, lovely!
    Years ago I wondered if anyone had ever made a Glagolitic typewriter. I used to try typing using only the old Roman letters: no J, W or U, and in all caps.

  8. Nice find, great blog!
    The typewriter you have is actually with an Icelandic keyboard; Middle Englsh shared 3-4 letters from Icelandic, so that is the connection.

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  10. It's not Middle English, it's Icelandic. If it had been Middle English, it would have had the letter wynn (ƿ). I am quite sure the market for Middle English typewriters has always been too small for there to be any machines made for it. Icelandic, on the other hand, with the highest per capita number of authors of any nation, is a natural choice for a special keyboard, despite the small size of the market in absolute terms.