Tag Archives: 1960s

twin tippa has a techno typeface!

after the last post of shipping woes, it’s time for a happy tappy story!


the ‘b’ was super sticky and stubborn !


dirty and grimy…see the evidence.





meet the other twin, same but different – tippa with script typeface. ūüôā


i am starting to hoard letter pads too!



thank you for visiting. have a great week ahead!


karen ūüôā

cursive no 2 – handsome tippa

how can one reject a cursive typeface typewriter? i cant. so here is my no 2.


oops! hope it’s not too hard to read.

here is the plastic clip-on case.

just out of the box, padding still on key slugs.

i like how slim it is, at approx 2.5 inches tall.

cute heart-shaped keys.

serial numbers are under the carriage. this one is made in 1968. nice.


retrolicious orange

my first orange tappy! an olympia traveller de -luxe.

yes, my heart skipped a beat! never mind that ¬†i¬†couldnt¬†roll the platen, never mind she was dirty, never mind her type guide was broken, i would rescue her, find a ‘doctor’ and get her fixed.

i did. after a professional tender loving care, repairing and servicing, here she is.

‘doctor’ said that those issues/problems mentioned earlier were small problems and could be fixed easily. he added olympia is¬†a reliable brand and this typewriter is worth saving and keeping. sweet!

customising a typewriter to pink

i was pleased with the previous customised olivetti tropical and itching to start another similar project.

this 1970s? olivetti lettera 35 is sturdy to type in. unlike other earlier olivetti models , this  has a metal base so we can type on our lap Рa laptap!

there are 2 schools of thoughts about changing the look of typewriters, one, ¬†we should preserve the vintage quality of typewriters and should leave it as is, and the other, to revitalise that old piece of machine and breathe new life to it. my personal take is if it’s a common model, go ahead but not those rare and older models. can you imagine if someone paint an oliver or chicago in pink! gasp! let me know what you think? sorry, ¬†i digress…

back to this olivetti¬†lettera 35, he suffered a few areas of paint loss (it’s bigger than the rest of my collection, so it’s a he?),¬†¬†a good candidate for customisation.

my 9-year old daughter typed her first letter to her aunt and grandpa using this machine.

seen a naked typewriter? body and shell taken apart.

here is the serial¬† nos.¬† beside the ribbon spool. hmm… i cant find this model in the typewriter database, but think it should be made around the 1970s.

after spending almost half a day of¬†mini makeover –¬†cleaning and painting, here he is in pink.¬† i¬†think it is more a ‘she’ now…(oops!)

decoupage a typewriter?

at some point along my tappy¬†collection craze i wanted a pink typewriter bad…dly.¬† however, the prices for PINK commands a premium, some an arm and leg! ūüė¶

after viewing the lot of customised typewriters from flikr’s pimp my typewriter¬†and kasbah mode i¬†was inspired to customised one too!! i¬†had a few ideas in mind. spray pink, paint hello kitty (kitties!) or decoupage? i love this one done by Cherryl.B.


after mulling about it for a few weeks, i¬†finally decided on a hello kitty theme. I may be a ‘mature woman’ but hey,¬†who doesnt¬†love a cute cat that doesnt have a mouth because it speaks from the heart? ;P

told my hubby n good friend, J¬†about my idea but both gave, as expected, discouraging comments.¬†of course, they wouldnt understand because they are not fans¬†of ¬†hello kitty! ūüėõ

i¬†still want a¬†pink theme and since¬†i can’t find suitable hello kitty paper,¬† perhaps a pink travelling theme will look good?

here is¬†how i did it¬†–


what do you think? yay or nay?

minty green hermes

i found her from a vintage shop. lovingly used, she has scuffs n paint loss. i agreed with other collectors that this tappy gives a buttery smooth type feel but somehow my fingers always get caught in between the keys.

it’s a coveted brand of typewriter and was considered the macbook¬†air of that time. at around 5kg, not really portable to lug around nowadays.



my daughter’s ¬†2-finger typing speed is amazing! faster than her mum’s touch typing (proud) ūüôā

read where i took her – the kid and typewriter, for a type-out here.

one script or cursive, please!

i am on a blogging marathon here, 3 posts consecutively in a night! i would love to do a typecast but think it may not be a good idea at midnight. i will update most post with corresponding typecast later. so come visit again! ūüôā

i literally went bananas, mad, looking for the ‘CURSIVE’ one. i finally bought one from a collector who are letting this go most probably because she scored another one in better cosmetic condition. not that i mind.

meet olympia sf with cursive typeface. most collectors i came across here lovingly named their tappies but i just couldnt associate any of them with a name… hmm.. dont know why. i like to personalise it though. here, i pasted paper lace on the tappy.

the serial nos is under the carriage. this olympia is made in 1967.

i am a typospherian!

this was how my obsession with typewriters begun, my first love, a red oliveti dora.

i¬†met up a seller to buy an old red suitcase but ended up buying another suitcase and this tappy. i¬†was attracted to her colour and deal was almost immediately sealed after i¬†typed a few random words on it ( didnt know what ‘ a quick brown dog jumps over the lazy dog’ was all about at that time).

she was originally in drabby grey colour, seller repainted it to red.

after her, there will be another 20++ that found their way to my home, or shall i¬†say – i¬†saw, i¬†liked, i¬†cannot resist, i bought ! (and there are still just a couple more under my wish list). ūüėõ

why i craze for manual typewriters? read more here.

my typewriter obsession stories to be continued …