22 Feb 2017

Typewriters at the SFO Museum

I was contacted by the SFO Museum because they wanted to add some color to the mid-century section of their upcoming typewriter display (May 2017 to January 2018 in Terminal 2, if you're curious). They chose these four, along with two change-a-type kits.

At the end of last month, Daniel and Alisa made the drive from San Francisco to pick them up. We'd discussed by email the possibility of including my Moskva 4 in the international display as well, but space constraints prevented it.

But, after showing it to them, we decided I'd loan it to them and they'd try to fit it in anyway! Fingers crossed the space can be found for it! Many years ago (way before I started this blog) I'd had the idea to set up a typewriter display in my local library, but it never materialized. So I'm glad to finally be able to do something like this.

7 Feb 2017

PNW2017 (days 5 to 8)

Our next stop was one of my favorite places in the world, the Hoh rainforest.

I'd never visited it in the middle of winter with snow, and it was a new and different experience.

With the temperature just below zero, the typical thick, foresty, musty feeling of the air was less apparent.

We got to see salmon swimming upriver to lay their eggs.

This is a natural colonnade of trees formed by a nurselog.

Next, we hiked the Ozette trail to Cape Alava, the westernmost point of the contiguous 48 states. Much of the trail was a boardwalk.

Here are some views of the coast at Cape Alava.

Then we drove up to Hurricane Ridge to get the real snow experience. It's a popular place for skiers but we just tromped around in the snow.

Our next destination was Seattle, which we reached by the Bremerton ferry.

Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in North America, and is publicly owned.

It gives a great view of the Seattle skyline.

To get a daylight view, we climbed to the top of the water tower in Volunteer Park, a free alternative to the Space Needle.

Plus, you get to actually see the Space Needle in the skyline this way.

3 Feb 2017

Interior decorating with typewriters

Olympia SM9

I was leafing through my copy of The House Book by Terence Conran (1974) and came across this stylish setting and thought to myself "they picked that Olympia because it matched the color scheme" (even their stationary of choice is yellow to match the accent color!)

Hermes Baby

So I went through the book and found all the identifiable instances of typewriters in their various settings. I think this Hermes (or is it an Empire?) wasn't chosen to match the color scheme.

Olivetti Lettera 22

What's a stylish room without an Olivetti? Putty looks pretty good here.

Olivetti Studio 44

And for this second Olivetti, did they pick it because it matched the table and chair? Or did they paint their furniture to match their typewriter? Part of my hopes it's the latter.