Thursday, October 3, 2013
Interchangeable type, and more on Visigraph
We've created and uploaded TWO new videos which will appeal, we think, to many people interested in typewriters -- new or old, standard or portable.
The first is "Visigraph in Detail 3." This is a continuation of the Visigraph series, showing not only this machine but introducing viewers to construction details and concepts of typewriters in general. It's our deliberate style in these videos to slow down and show detailed concepts in a simple manner. Of course, the end in view is that people so inclined will end up viewing these machines as exactly what they are -- machines -- first, and 'collectibles' second. You can see me in the above photo having just reinserted the type bar assembly (which I discuss in the video) but before taking apart the carriage some more (which is also discussed in the video.)
The second takes off on a theme we started as 'bonus footage' in another video by showing the Brother Dial-A-Type, and is called "Brother and Smith-Corona Interchangeable Type." We show the other style of Brother machine that can be found with an interchangeable feature, and then take a quick but thorough look at some Smith-Corona machines of many varied sizes and ages that include interchangeable type. There's even a surprise machine at the end.
Video links (will open in new tab / window):
Visigraph in Detail - 3
Brother, Smith-Corona Interchangeable Type