Does a Typewriter Help You Write?

I attended Wordcamp Manila 2018 yesterday at the iAcademy in Yakal, Makati and it was fun. Overall, a valiant effort by a growing body of WordPress users representing a cross-section of the different kinds of people who use WordPress whether as end-user such as bloggers and seller sites, or as back-end, those involved in the […]

Little Red: U are the Champion

There’s a recently restored 1946 Underwood Champion sitting quietly beside me and I’m basking in its satisfying presence. I mean, you know how much trouble it entails to restore these babies, yes? So this one’s done and I’m going to enjoy it for all its worth. Red hails from Olongapo City, where Subic, the 262 […]

Working with What We’ve Got

As a prospective Filipino typewriter collector, I’ll tell you up front that you are not likely to find mint-condition typewriter specimens. I’m with is FaceBook group see, that has antique typewriters collection as its commonality. The majority of the members of the group seem to be on the U.S. mainland and there’s a small (or […]

Revival of a 1928 Underwood No.5

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. […]

How to Rationalize Your Collection

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 […]

So You Want to Start Collecting Typewriters?

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, […]