I can totally understand an addiction to typography and to antique typewriters. The iron porcupine in the image below is a beauty.
From the oztypewriter blog at http://oztypewriter.blogspot.ca/2014_08_01_archive.html
'This rusty Blickensderfer 5 (with two keytops and a spacebar missing) is, despite its deficiencies, proudly owned by (Monty) Python team member, comedian Terry Jones, director of Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. Jones said he"picked [it] up in a secondhand shop. It’s very elegant and sits on the windowsill in my study. It was patented in 1893 and features a rotating typewheel. It’s not very practical because it has a pad that you have to keep inking, but I bought it because my comedy hero, Buster Keaton, used to work on one..."'
Many many years ago, I had a tin Mettype Junior toy typewriter that had a printed keyboard. You actually made the marks by rotating a wheel with impressed letters. Later, I graduated to a matte black Smith-Corona portable whose stiff keys gave me iron fingers that made future keyboarding a snap.
h/t +Chryssa Kotsanidou who sent me down this Saturday rabbit hole with her post about the Model 4 “Mignon”. #Typewriter