Typing my way back to nature
Cool looking barn with those blue windows.I had a Remington Rand 17 sighting when I was in Berkeley but yours is in far better shape.
What a great place and a great typewriter inhabitant of it. I have never owned an RR17 myself and must try one sometime.(Word verfication: phyphtsh. Looks like an exclamation for Daffy Duck or Sylvester.)
@ lo-tech: My Rem17 is indeed in good mechanical shape, but I was somewhat disappointed to see it looking a bit less flattering in the bright, unforgiving light of day when I took the shot this afternoon!@ Richard P: I love these word verifications and also post them when they're particularly amusing, as yours was.
You know you've arrived when you try and give up re-inking your own ribbons, something that everyone seems to attempt at some point! It appears so obviously possible, at least in theory, that no one can resist giving it a go... the typewriter forums are littered with arguments on which is the best way to go about it... the ultimate conclusion being that it's not worth the hassle. The barn looks lovely - an idyllic place to live, indeed.
It looks like a lovely place; I like the simplicity.
Beautiful blue windows, and grand-looking machine, especially in bright sun; it is not how it looks that makes it beautiful, it's how it is loved. I envy how you live. Priority Mail delays notwithstanding.
@ Adwoa: Yes, attempting to re-ink that ribbon was indeed an "enlightening" experience. Never again! (until there's no other alternative)@ Ur-spo: Living here is definitely a combination of simplicity (outside) and complexity (inside, thanks to James!)@ joe: thanks for your comment! I do treasure the Rem17, not only for itself, but because it belonged to a very special friend.
Excellent post and great pictures. I love the punches of color James introduces to your living spaces.And, I am loving the format you've settled in with on your site. Very pleasing to the eye and also very easy to read on a smartphone!
I was on Kijiji the other day looking for something and someone had a couple of old Underwood typewriters for sale and I immediately thought of you! I LOVE that brilliant blue! I need a barn, I think. LOL!
Ha ha about the re-inking, I've heard nothing but bad things about trying this! The barn windows are gorgeous. Best shade of blue ever. I like the thought of the typewriter sitting in the cabin, waiting for inhabitants to record their thoughts. Every cabin should have one.
Love the blue! You have a keen insight for the old typewriters. Good job on the windows.
hi cameron, i have been reading your blog posts since you switch to blogger. i love the blue window + wood + frame + bicycle and all. authentic. p/s. love the out door blue bath tub too!
Lets hear it for the very special house guest!!! xoxoxox
It all looks like something out of a fabulous magazine. Well done to James. Big effort. Where do you get ribbons for the typewriters? Are they new vintage stock? Or is someone still producing them?
What a beautiful home! I have a Remington-Rand Model 17 myself, drab-olive (I'm assuming it was military-issue). I normally use WD-40 to re-ink, but you have to let it sit for a few days and dry out a bit before it will stop smudging. I bought mine from a Goodwill for $35 last year, and it's in PERFECT working condition, not a scratch on the paint. Only problem I have now is the ribbon has holes in it and eventually I have to get around to replacing it. Isn't it just a Sherman Tank of a typewriter? Hahaha