Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Datamancer Aviator keyboard
The keyboard in these pictures is mine, I'll get it next week.
I'm speaking literally, this specific one is mine, it's the first Mac keyboard he has made.
Those keys look like ones on an old 1948 Underwood manual typewriter that I had reconditioned once, and recently donated to a pair of nice gals who run a shop where they hold monthly writing group meetings, using old typewriters. I also gave them an old Remington from the fifties, and
the girls assure me they have a good home and are much appreciated.
Yes, those old typewriters are beautiful.
(And clearly these keys are designed to be reminiscent of them.)
I have a fondness for mechanical objects from the early 20th.
I am considering buying a typewriter like that for decoration. I don't need to restore it, but I'd like it to look nice, so the question is: how do you clean a thing like that?
Another Danish invention: the amazing Hansen "typing ball".
... The web is amazing. A decade ago, if I had suddenly developed a (no doubt temporary) interest in vintage typewriters, I would have had to go to the library and see if they had any books about them, and they probably wouldn't have. Today I can google it in ten seconds and find wonderfully informative sites like typewriter.be. (I love its simple and handsome design too.)