10 thoughts on “Sunday, August 28, 2022

  1. Hi, Claire. Thanks again for keeping the OTPs going. Being British, I find the German keyboard easier than the French one I use for “Plan-Guide Paris”; it’s really hard to get used to using shift lock for every full stop.

    I notice you made a 1959 Brigitte Bardot reference. I’ve left her out, so far, because despite liking many of her films, it’s impossible to ignore that she’s married to that Far Right creep Bernard Ormale, and keeps getting fined (six times, now) for inciting racial hatred. Such an icon, but such a bitch. I have the same problem with Alain Delon and his far right beliefs. Great actor…and a lousy bastard.

    1. I have the reverse problem… Keep using shift for . , even if it’s not useful. Also, I have no problems with the a, but I always look for the q in its azerty position… And no needs to shift for numbers are an other difficulty!

      Well, I didn’t think about that…

  2. Catalina, did you see the documentary film CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER? The film features Ken Alexander and his efforts to keep the shop, California Typewriter, up and running. Great movie!

  3. Catalina, such a beautiful journey to acquire, restore, and use the Zephyr! I enjoyed yesterday’s poetry, too. Then the Landslide brought me down lol that poem is nearly verbatim an auto parts store owner I worked for in the 90s.

  4. Re: the first post by Claire about her acquisition of her Smith Corona Skyriter. I’m so happy for her; it’s a marvelous choice. I obtained one from the estate of a U.S Army General. I was told the his story by his son, that he had traveled the world in the Hospital Services, and I could tell that my Skyriter had been well cared for, but had also seen some real use. That metal case means business; I feel like I could take it anywhere!! Just so I’d never forget the history, I put but a label in the inside of the case: “Property of Brigadier General John W. Hubbard, U.S. Army”.

    1. Sadly, the Skyriter is not mine; it belongs to Catalina. I used my Erika to type my post – an East-German machine made in the 80’s, in green plastic. The picture is in today’s page.

      1. The Erika is new to me. Is it much of a machine, being of East German make? I am a photographer, and they cloned a variety of cameras that weren’t really “up to the level” of the originals.

      2. Erika is the East-German version of Olympia. The name comes from a 30’s machine, Erika 5, from Olympia. After the war the brand was separated in two. The Erika 105 (Daro) is a common machine in Europe, even in the West, because they were cheaper but still reliable, in metal, often blue and white. Mine (not a 105) has a full plastic cover, and was made in Czechoslovakia (because it was 80’s) but she’s also lighter and less noisy than my Olivetti and she works well.

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