Here’s a quick recap: about a month ago, I bought a Voss De Luxe in terrible cosmetic condition but in good mechanical condition. My daughter had requested a “project” typewriter that we could paint.
I wanted a machine that I wouldn’t feel guilty about repainting.
Also at TechShop, I powder coated the lower shell in a color my daughter picked out: Tropical Breeze.
The result: a typewriter with a strong resemblance to a 1957 Chevy Bel Air:
The Pearl of the Antilles
Now that it’s all back together, this Voss brings to mind the Yank Tanks of Cuba, those carefully maintained classic American cars that prowl the streets of Havana to this day. My daughter is (mathematically speaking) a quarter Cuban. Her grandfather left Havana around the time this Voss rolled off the assembly line in Wuppertal. Perhaps my daughter’s genes are calling out for the Tropical Breezes of Cuba.
I leave you with the tropical sounds, colors, and cars of Cuba: