18 Sep 2014

Imperious physics

1959 Imperial Good Companion 5 5S 069





















Do you prefer the white-background photos, or the normal tabletop ones? I like them both for different reasons, but I'm curious to hear what you think.

Sent from my new Imperial Good Companion 5

9 comments:

  1. It's nice to see a British typewriter get the thumbs up, even if looks like a German one (to me at least). Both kinds of photos look great.

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    1. Well, it's half-German. Although that doesn't have much to do with how it looks… the GC3 looks about as British as any other Imperial, after all.

      I never really gave thought to whether a typewriter looks British or German or American… I kind of see what you mean though.

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  2. It does look very nice in that grey. However for me the whole streamline design is a bit spoiled by all these buttons and knobs on both sides of the keyboard. Nice set of Greek symbols though - I guess math and physics will go hand in hand (finger in finger?) here.
    Both kind of photos look good - the wooden tabletop gives them a classy feel and the white background - weightlessness (especially on xoverit-383-5-180914.JPG).
    Oh - and it is a "NO" if you've overslept ;)

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    1. I love all those fussy buttons on the side, it seems very British to me. XD It's a shame they didn't have a non-de-luxe version of it without all of that going on, though. That would have been nice to have, just for those who want it.

      Trust me, I waited impatiently for the Highland results to come in just because I wasn't satisfied with the "31 of 32" vote. It's interesting that by removing devo max from the ballot, they ensure that if "no" wins, they essentially get devo max because all of the mainstream parties made promises.

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  3. With this particular unit in dark grey, the white background sets it off nicely. You do very artistic photography though, and they're both good looks. The white background does create a more professional, classic, refined look - there's a crispness that I like. On lighter colored units, it may not translate the same way. Lighting totally affects the picture, and colors and contrasts as I'm sure you know. Thanks for a high end looking blog!

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    1. Good point about the lighter colored typewriters—what I really just need to do is get myself some black posterboard to use with those! I think that could look quite sharp.

      I do try my best!

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    2. And you do - always first class, and thoughtful!

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  4. Interesting to consider the effect of photographs of typewriters in a studio setting versus those taken in settings where they are actually used. The former would emphasize the machine, while the latter, to me, bring out the pleasure of using it.

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  5. I'm a sucker for a well-lit colour photo in natural light, I have to say. Although, the black and whites can be very atmospheric as well. I had a GC5 (in metallic emerald green), but I never really warmed to it. It felt a little rattly to type on. But the carriage return lever was divine, I must admit. And it was the typewriter that's seen in Sidney Poitier's apartment in "To Sir, With Love", so it snags a few extra cool points in my book.

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