1984 Brother Type-O-Graph #H41530729
Status: My Collection
Created: 11-18-2016 at 06:49PM
Last Edit: 02-15-2019 at 01:35PM
A semi-unbranded version of the Brother Type-O-Graph mini-penplotter typewriter sold by Sears in the mid-80's. For $7, it was worth it because it came with a wall wart (that fits any Brother Thermal Wedge) and a manual (might as well scan one for the archive).
It did come with a few spare plotter pens, but they were bone-dry. I've always been curious how they work, and now I know - teeny-tiny ball-point pens. Unobtanium now.
Sooo - I MacGuyvered up one of my own, using a chopped brass Mark Cross pen refill and the hollowed out shell of one of the original pen tips. It kinda works - it's a micron or two too long, and fits somewhat loose in the casing, which makes the resulting text look like the scrawlings of a 5-year-old, but IT WORKS :D
Update: I built a second pen cartridge using a felt-tip pen, and that works much better!
- The Handwriting, Drawing Typewriter: Brother Type-O-Graph BP-30, with User Manual!
- Pencil tips for the Type-O-Graph!
- Brother BP30 Type-O-Graph In Action (videos!)
Hunter: Ted Munk (munk)
I am a scoundrel without a cause, and my swank outshines the sun.
I am a casual Typewriter Hunter residing in the sweltering deserts of Arizona with a wife, three cats and about 50 typewriters. My main hunting ground is thrift stores, and I rarely pay more than $10 for a machine. My collection consists mainly of portables with cases, and they stay in the cases unless I am actively using it (usually more than one at a time). I do, however keep a handful of interesting Selectrics, including a Composer and a couple of large Nakajima Electronics to use as daisywheel printers for my vintage laptop collection.
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