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triumph is fraktur number TWO

I should be so lucky…

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my apologies, I should have used a plain paper instead of this with dots!¬† yes, this is my second fraktur typewriter! ūüôā

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triumph¬†gabrielle 35 –¬†plain standard plastic body and keys but what do we have here? ¬†a set¬†of fraktur type slugs??!!!

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to be honest, it was difficult for me to type on torpedo 15a. it has the ornate fraktur¬†letters printed on its glass keys. i¬†cant be sure of what I was typing. this one, no such problem! however, it is still a challenge to type¬†the standard letter ‘s’ which is on the bottom right (1st row) of the¬†keys. the long ‘s’¬†¬†is at the ‘asdf’ keys.

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not sure if this is the typewriter, or type slugs serial number. do you know? I tried looking for other serial number on the typewriter’s body but found none.

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I have acquired a few more typewriters after my self proclaimed going cold turkey, no more typewriters, sigh…

I am starting to think that ¬†I¬†¬†focused too much on getting¬†THAT ONE, and more¬†typewriters that I forgotten the reasons¬†why I wanted them in the first place. ¬†most of the times the typewriters are just sitting prettily in the display cabinets.¬†I have typed less than 10 letters, procrastinated cleaning the¬†dirty ones, few¬†art and crafts projects and that’s about it. surely I can do better!

first thing first, I have decided to place one typewriter¬†at my sister’s tuition center for the kids to play with (thank you Richard for the suggestion). kids should know¬†what is a typewriter and how one looks like.


What is the hype about this ‘f’ word?

no. the ‘f’ here is not that 4-letter word.

it refers to one of the rare typeface which is probably non existent in the ‘wild’ in this part of the world. it is the blackletter or more famously known as the fraktur font. in my quiet quest hunting for one, i even learnt a few german words by heart. i can now spell – alte schreibmaschine (old typewriter) in a heartbeat.¬† ūüôā

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my other ‘techie’ half gave me that usual ‘look’ again when he saw the parcel. he doesnt understand why typewriters when one can type on tablets, smart phones, laptops, pc…. but he gave this a second look and a ‘hmmm..’ …. when he saw the type sample. yes, this is special. the typeface reminds me of calligraphy.

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beautiful keys. it is always a bonus when they are clean and not stained.

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i love the small letters but have a hard time reading the ott Рover the top, ornate cap ones.

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did you notice that the small letter ‘s’ looks like ‘f’? it is called the ‘long s’ and evolved from the old roman form.¬† this Wiki link explains.¬†¬†¬† interesting, but i have seen other fraktur typewriters with the normal ‘s’.

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it didnt come with original ribbon spools and i dont want the look of normal plastic ones on this old beauty. i thought white or red painted spools would be an awesome accessories, and even toyed with the idea of putting hello kitty stickers. (hey, pls dont judge me! lol).

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meanwhile, mosaic like spools¬†will do the job. good things come to those who waited. oh yes. i have waited a long time to get one. this is destined to be mine and another, oops… sshhh…. ūüėČ

vogue – checked
fraktur – checked

one more typeface to check… i will wait.

happy midweek!

cheers,

karen


old-typers group photoshoot – 3 times a typewriter

hello,

meet my old-typers, a few already in their 80s or older but still so gorgeous!

introducing group 1 : 3 old-typers in 3 shades of red.

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group 2 : meet 3- fold and 3- bank

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meet the star of today’s photoshoot –¬†¬†my very special remington¬†3b, she may not have the complete usual keys and the mambo jambo¬†of other usual funtionalities but she is a limited edition! only 5706 was built during the depression era of 1939, for a brief period of 6 months. love!!

read more here – richard’s (the typewriter guru) account of this beauty.

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‘3’ gets repeated many times here – a coincidence? ūüôā

stay tuned for more of their¬†stories and typecasts …

thank you for visiting.

cheers!

karen ūüėČ