Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New “California Typewriter" poster

Here's the new poster for "California Typewriter."

Eye-catching, no doubt. The website also has a new look:

The film will be showing in some theaters next month (such as the Metrograph in New York) and is available now for pre-order on iTunes.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A glimpse of the Mantelli collection (6 and last)

Some final views of Flavio's wonderful collection. 

Briggs prototype, Visible Index, Picht:

Fontana Baby, Baby, unknown tiny typewriter, Dactylette, Taurus:


Unknown machine with illustration of a gnome:

And finally, not one but two Automatics:

Flavio doesn't use any of these typewriters, for pretty obvious reasons, but when I see them I can't resist imagining typing on them. If I had a Fontana Baby, I would create at least one typecast with it. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A glimpse of the Mantelli collection (5): Blick Electric

Feast your eyes on one of the rarest and most desirable typewriters ever.

Friday, July 14, 2017

A glimpse of the Mantelli collection (4)

I forgot to post this shot of the back of the Sholes:

Two different kinds of Jackson and a Yetman:


Adler 9 (very rare and unlike all other Adlers):

Alexis, Sampo, Cantelo, Phönix:

Sampson Permagraph:


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A glimpse of the Mantelli collection (3)

Here are Flavio's beautiful examples of the first two writing machines successfully produced in series: the Malling-Hansen Writing Ball and the Sholes & Glidden Type Writer. This Sholes was sold in Vienna. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A glimpse of the Mantelli collection (2)

New Sholes, invented by Zalmon Sholes:

Blickensderfer no. 4 with two-row telegrapher's typewheel:

Blickensderfer Niagara #125:

Pearl, small and large Darlings, and an unrelated Darling:

More rare index typewriters:


Saturday, July 8, 2017

A glimpse of the Mantelli collection (1)

Yesterday I got to see my friend and typewriter collector extraordinaire Flavio Mantelli. With his permission, I'm sharing some photos of his mind-boggling collection, in installments. 

Here are some rare index typewriters, the Macchina Baby (Simplex look-alike from Italy) and St. Louis World's Fair Simplex:

Baby Simplex (credit card size):


Unknown non-Braille device for the blind:

Michela stenograph:

Wide-carriage Monofix:

More soon!