Shout-out to all who responded to the question "What is the best travel mate?" You made the discussion interesting and fun.
Your choices are as follows (in order of comment):
As an addendum, I thought I'd distill our inputs and report them as shared insight:
The drill-down, as we know, may go deeper than just typing. Because they represent vintage technology, typewriters trigger memories- of family, friendships, school experiences, travel, etc. -that add layers of meaning to the typing experience. It's no accident that I am an Olivetti fan, Studio 44 was the machine that re-introduced me to typwriters and ushered me into the Typosphere. Miguel mentioned that he has an emotional attachment to Lettera 32.
Then there is the matter of portability, which depends largely on the question of how we travel. I take long walks and use public transportation a lot so poundage does matter to me, while someone who's attached to a car might not care too much about weight. It was interesting to hear from bike-typers who came up with their own notions of portability that are unique to biking. Unlike Peter, it would never occur to me to consider "the handle size of a carrying case so that bungees can thread through them!"
Ted raised the point of the "rough and tumble" of travel, a consideration that led him to choose the rugged and affordable Brother LG-1 over typewriters that may be too pricey or rare for the punishment. Interestingly, Richard did bring a classy Kolibri to London, and Claudia's travel mate of choice is a Gossen Tippa. Price and rarity, of course, are relative.
Another consideration is aesthetics. I, for one, am a strongly visual person, so a typewriter that appeals to my taste doubles the pleasure of my typing experience. I had mentioned that my quibble with the Skyriter is that "it comes in fifty shades of dull grey." Well, Skyriter fan Bill M. couldn't care less about color scheme. Neither would Zephyr fan Vance, who doesn't care about extra features in a post-Zephyr SC model either.
Personally, I find the sheer variety of laptop typewriters still available to us intoxicating, not to mention the equally diverse typing experiences we could still enjoy.
I'll end with a quote from honorary typospherian Tom Hanks. In his recent NYTimes article "I am TOM. I like to TYPE. Hear that?", Hanx imaginatively maps his own encounter with typewriter diversity from the distinct typing sounds of his machines:
|Based on the number of times it appeared in |
his "On the road. Typing." entries, Hanx'
travel mate for some time was his 1940s
Corona Sterling Silent. Nope, not a laptop.