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, December 4, 2011

The Mother of All Index Typewriters

This machine comes in a beautiful case.

You can still find these in good condition.

It is strange to figure out the letter positioning on the index.
             Please click play to watch a 1 minute video of me typing on the Mignon.

I took a little time to learn the index arrangement.

The typing cylinders and index are easy to change.

All I can say about this one is - I want this!

I still like to type on 1960's Smith Corona's


  1. Awesome, Tom!
    The index machine is something between a pantograph and a forerunner to the computer mouse!
    (And "mignon," in French, means "cute/very nice!")

  2. Cool video, a lot of people will learn from it.

    That is a drop-dead gorgeous red and black Royal!

    Heartwarming news about your shop and its customers, as always.

  3. Great post! Very interesting, post and video. I have never seen anything written using an index machine. I have only ever seen the pictures on Richard's site and on another site, I think Adwoa's. Very happy to see you are busy and machines are moving out into the world of typewriter users.

  4. Hey Speculator- Thanks a lot amigo, glad you enjoyed.

    Richard- That red and black Royal belongs in a museum. I wish I could film people coming in to buy a machine, it's just priceless to watch sometimes. Thanks as usual!

    Bill M.- I'm trying real hard to give these typewriters new life. I'd love to get more interesting machines in here to put on the blog.
    Thanks for commenting.

  5. I was just admiring a Mignon on Retro Tech Geneva. I like "clever" machines.

  6. Also, do you happen to know the title of the Fringe episode? I missed it somehow and want to try to find it online.
    I sure wish your shop was nearer to me. At least I can get to Ace in a day.

  7. notagain- The Fringe show was episode #5 called novaction and originally aired on Oct.28. I missed it too but will look it up soon. thanks for the comments.

    STUFFellaneous- Ditto! and thanks.