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3 times happy

Look what greet me today! Woohoo!


if you can choose only one – a typewriter or a friend?

read tom’s and adwoa’s latest blog post typed with epoca typeface and got me excited with mine. hey, this rhymed. lol!



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 – a 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!)

desktop big guy

this is a super-duper heavy machine!! prolly around 10kg?

I had wanted to meet the seller and collect this at a shopping mall thinking I could just carry it home. ayyy… the seller convinced me that it’s too heavy for me to hand carry even for a short 5 mins.

this big guy was from south africa! probably used by british in the colonial times. he was not in his best condition as all keys stuck and rusted as you can see from the pics below. (seller told me- oh just add oil and it will be working fine! Huh?!) I should have said no to him …

but look at it him now ( I don’t name the tappies but somehow always seem to know its gender ! Haha.. ). he’s been professionally cleaned and serviced.

look at that spaceship like ribbon holder! beautiful… 😉

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) 🙂

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! 🙂

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.

that is THE one!

in between olivetti dora ….fast forward 3 months…

i cant contain my excitement! a collector shared that you know you want that typewriter when your heart skipped a beat. well, my heart skipped a beat many times but for this corona silent, it probably skipped 2 more times. i love my latest addition to my tappies family!

she came to me in the most carefully and neatly, very, very neatly bubble wrapped, arrived safe and sound exactly the way it left the seller. there will be no damaged typewriters if all sellers just spend a little more time packing it.

this just screamed my name.. maroon, curvy, gorgeous keys and look at that carriage return lever .. (i am grinning widely) 🙂

this baby serial no is 2S 71212, which means it was made sometime around 1939 according to the typewriter database – http://www.tw-db.com/indexen.htm

read more about this beauty from the experts –

oz. Typewriter http://oztypewriter.blogspot.sg/2012/09/corona-standard-speedline-portable.html

above photo taken from oz.Typewriters.


I am not one that is particular about the case. it’s a bonus when it is mint, well almost! Yay!




the above photos were taken late night and bad lighting. they really didnt do justice to this gorgeous machine. take a look at richard polt’s here.

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). 😛

why i craze for manual typewriters? read more here.

my typewriter obsession stories to be continued …