31 July 2018 Under the craftsman's hand. My 1928 U No.5 waiting for the decals (where's that mailman?). The Spaniards ceded the Philippines to the U.S. in Dec 1898 and the US began its colonial rule until 1946. This typewriter, in having a Peso key and an enye key, reflects the nature of that period. … Continue reading Revival of a 1928 Underwood No.5
It is understandable if your notion of collecting is getting as many typewriters together as you can. As long as you have the money and the space to do that, you won’t notice any problem with that system. But as time passes, your money dwindles along with your space, you’ll come to the obvious conclusion … Continue reading How to Rationalize Your Collection
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If you're lucky, your first machine will be free. Inherited from your parents or grandparents, or maybe given to you by a friend. Not everyone will be so blessed. For the latter, I do not recommend you go to the nearest bookstore (National?) and see what they have for sale. In all likelihood the machines … Continue reading Getting Your First Machine
Before anything else, this advice is aimed at the Filipino typewriter collector. The Philippines is a collecting environment very different from where the bulk of other collectors and collectable typewriters are, the US mainland. You are vying for relatively few machines with a surprisingly large number of, or aggressive (not sure which) collectors. That said, … Continue reading So You Want to Start Collecting Typewriters?
I hunt down typewriters. Not just any typewriter, but old typewriters. The heavy metal ones and occasionally, the plastics. There are certain brands, certain age requirements, certain kinds like manual typewriters that I look for. I pore over social media and online markets. I put the word out among friends. And I eagerly look forward … Continue reading Typewriter Hunter
I'd like to invite you to join me in a hobby of collecting typewriters in Manila, Philippines. While collecting typewriters is popular in places where typewriter are plentiful and not difficult to acquire, there are still enough of these vintage machines for local collectors to discover, recover, restore, and enjoy. Thanks for joining me! Good … Continue reading The Journey Begins