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Happy New Year to all Typists

by | Jan 1, 2017 | Uncategorized | 16 comments

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  1. Unknown

    Happy New Year! Hear's to the best that we can be, the most that we can give, and to love, may it conquer all.

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  2. Bill M

    A Very Happy New Year to you and your family Richard!

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  3. Mark Adams

    Yes, a Happy New Year to you and the Revolution!

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  4. Joe V

    Best wishes to you this new year.

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  5. Ted

    Happy New Year. Let's see if we can change the world. :D

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  6. gee

    Best wishes and best of times for the new year and into the far future

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  7. Robin Heilschild ????

    I wonder whether those clocks are wind-up clocks or not. xD

    Regarding the last picture: Writing is a serious thing. xD
    (In 1996, I was five years old. Sometimes, I miss that age)

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  8. Richard P

    Thanks. The analog clock is mechanical; the digital one is electric.

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  9. Phil

    Gee, I had a mechanical digital clock like that when I was in high school. I didn't like the looks of it, so I cut an opening in a piece of aluminum, then polished it to a mirror finish, and finally built a wooden frame to house the mechanism. I still have it, just not sure where it is, maybe in a box under the dining table. It is interesting, the left digit is a drum with 12 faces, the second drum has 6 faces, and the minute drum has 10 faces. The drums rotate on separate axles for each, depending upon the diameter of the drum. Each drum is advanced one step at a time by a cog on the drum to the right. The second hand turns continuously and is driven by a 1 rpm motor.

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  10. Richard P

    Yes, mine works the same way, although the motor must be at least 1 RPS, not RPM. To judge from the type of plastic, I think it's from the 1940s or '50s, so its Art Deco design was passé when it was made. The name of the company printed on the window, Advance Silk Thread Corporation, strikes me as an emblem of Fate itself.

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  11. Richard P

    Great! Enjoy your lovely Hermes and have a good year full of typing.

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  12. Phil

    I can't reach mine to check, but I think the name was DataChron, or DigiChron or something similar. I think the case was Bakelite, which is highly regarded today as a very good grade of plastic, holds it's shape, and is machinable. I should have kept it. It probably got tossed when my folks moved while I was in the Army. The case I made was from 1/4" "shook," a smooth white pine used to make citrus packing crates back in the '40's.

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  13. Phil

    I was wrong on the name, it is Pennwood Numechron. Nice video on youtube showing how to repair them.

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