The movie poster
Ted Munk put out a plea last week for a ribbon spools cover for his Olivetti Studio 45, and I just happened to have a spare parts mask (above) sitting taking up space and gathering dust. It will be winging its way to Mesa, Arizona, by tomorrow afternoon. Ted's coverless Studio 45 is below:
Hours earlier, Ted had responded to my post about the armless Naked Olivetti Lettera 22 (now suitably dubbed the "Venus de Milo" by Mark Petersen) by stressing how tricky it is to replace the carriage lever (alone) on one of these models.
I was aware of this, and wouldn't have even attempted to tackle such an undertaking. In saying I had another spare parts Lettera 22 to use for the task, my plan was (is) to replace the entire left-hand section of the carriage, not just the lever:
At the same time, Ray Nickson got in touch for similar reasons, inquiring about a carriage lever from a spare parts Olivetti portable. At first I thought Ray was referring to the Studio 45, so I assumed I'd have even more use for this spare parts machine. But in fact it is a spare parts Studio 44 that Ray needs. Still, all this once more demonstrates what a fantastic place the Typosphere is for people needing typewriter help and parts. And what a great chance it offers to be giving and receiving gifts at Christmas!
Francis Pharcellus Church (above)
and his reply to Virginia O'Hanlon (below):