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Typing In Script & Reading Woolf



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In Calligraphy, Design Love, Office Supplies, Vintage

{ Photos by Plurabelle Calligraphy }

Almost a year ago I was given this 1950’s Hermes 3000 cursive typewriter with the most beautiful – yet very strange and midcentury-looking – script typeface. In that time it has become my favorite office furnishing. Its condition is nearly mint, just like the color of its keys and knobs. Weighing in at just over 25 pounds, this was actually considered a portable, as opposed to office, typewriter. It took me awhile to get used to it because it has a number of features I’d never seen on a typewriter before, such as adjustable margin stops affixed to small springs and settings for changing the leading. On more than one occasion, I’ve had to refer to this original manual, which someone was kind enough to scan and post online in full.

Since Valentine’s is fast approaching, I brought her out (yes, it is a she) last night for some Valentine’s Day cards, but I was disappointed by how quickly I finished typing them. Once I get started, I never want to stop! So I chose to type out most of my favorite Virginia Woolf short story, The Evening Party (partially pictured in the first photo above) and found myself just typing away late into the night. It’s so relaxing to type without staring at a screen and being unable to delete or fix your mistakes. The sounds of the keys, the typebars striking the paper, and the bell at the end of every line are quite nice too.


The Evening Party has been made free online through Google Books, so you can read it for yourself here.

{ Hermes Typeface Chart, a scan from the original user’s manual, via Retro Tech Geneva }

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vintage office: my new mail scale & a shipping tag project




In Calligraphy, Office Supplies, Vintage, Wedding

 { Calligraphy + Photography by Plurabelle Calligraphy }

A couple months ago I became the proud owner of this vintage mail scale. What a life changer! As with nearly all old office supplies (like my Victor stapler), it’s constructed incredibly well and still works flawlessly. I use it for all my shipments, from thick envelopes to large boxes. The metal, once painted green, is perfectly worn to reveal hints of brown underneath, and the face, once uniformly white, is flecked with acid burns and a few large stains.

The scale’s face shows not only the weight in ounces and pounds, but also the shipping prices at the time the scale was made. There’s no date on it but it was produced in a time when first class letters & sealed packages were “2¢ each ounce or fraction thereof”. It also shows a foreign mail rate of only 5¢ for the first ounce then 3¢ per ounce thereafter, but clearly notes that letters to Great Britain cost the same as those mailed within the U.S. Imagine that!

The overflowing stack of manila shipping tags were used as place cards for a late summer wedding. I love the shape of their brown paper grommets!

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my essential supplies




In Calligraphy, Office Supplies

On 07, Oct 2011 | 7 Comments | In Calligraphy, Office Supplies |

On 07, Oct 2011 | 7 Comments | In Calligraphy, Office Supplies | By Molly

 {Photograph by Plurabelle Calligraphy, 2011 }

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victor: a new addition to the family




In Design Love, Office Supplies, Vintage

On 31, Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | In Design Love, Office Supplies, Vintage |

On 31, Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | In Design Love, Office Supplies, Vintage | By Molly

For a very long time I’ve been searching for the perfect vintage stapler. I love browsing the web looking at them in their various colors and designs. When I came across this midcentury, nearly-mint-condition, sea foam Victor from Olive & Frances, I knew it had to be mine. Sure, it was probably made thirty years before I was born, but it was still made for me. Just look at that etched metal hand press! I swoon. Stapling papers has never been so fun.

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