Flush is Not Justified

So this is interesting! I decided to fiddle with this Sharp PA-1050 one last time before looking to sell it for parts. Well, I guess it saw what I had planned and decided to start working. There is a flat silver bar beneath the carr–er, printhead that is in charge of pressing the printhead to make contact with the paper. My fiddling apparently re-engaged it so I think this guy just bought himself more time. This PA-1050 has features none of my other thermals have, such as flush. In fact, let’s give it a try:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox. Hm! That didn’t work.

Oh! That was flush right!

This is justified. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dof. Dof?

Okay, Sharp PA-1050. You just might live to see another day after all. Now, I should probably see how your spell check feature works. But we have time for that now. We have time for much more.

Author: Gregory

9 thoughts on “Flush is Not Justified

  1. Up till now I’ve considered the main limitation to thermal typewriters to be ready availability of fax paper locally and inexpensive. Just yesterday I found my local Staples carries six-pack rolls, 98 feet per roll, for around $32, which is about 5 cents per 11” sheet equivalent. I’m starting to not worry about the paper as being scarce, which should enable me to write without inhibition.

    I’m glad you got the machine working.

    1. I just picked up a six-pack yesterday! I considered doing the math to find the cost per “sheet”, so I’m glad you did it for me. Although 5¢ may seem expensive compared to plain paper, in considering the cost of ink, a regular printed page would cost that much or more. So it is indeed a good deal. I did notice that Staples also has YELLOW 3 1/8″ thermal rolls. But I’m sure the novelty would wear off quickly, and I’m not happy with “wandering margins” as the narrower paper is difficult to feed straight. Thank you for the comment!

  2. That looks like a lot of fun. One of these days I will bring one home.

    Also, I like your habit of including the text of your typed image at the end of each post. It will makes searching easier when I want to read about your thermal typewriter experiences. I heard Google is beginning to read text in images, but I feel like so much great content of the typosphere is still unindexed and buried in images of typed pages.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment! Google may be able to search within an image, but WordPress is not that high tech yet. 🙂 You’ll be seeing a lot of posts about thermal typewriters. I just recently picked up a six-pack of fax paper rolls. So I’ll likely try some public typing in the near future.

  3. I don’t like waste and stopped a neighbour throwing away a PA1050. I see that it is capable of battery power using 4 batteries but the compartment is longer than 4 battery-lengths. I juggled (forced?) an extra AA into the space and the machine whirred its approval. IS it made for 4??

  4. Hi I wonder if you can help me, i bought a sharp pa-1050 but it did not have a power adaptor.
    Would you know where i might get one, any help you might offer would be very much appreciated.
    All the best Ted

    1. Sorry for the delay! I recommend getting a universal power adapter on Amazon, like this one: https://amzn.to/372ANyD. Almost all thermal typewriters use a 6 volt power adapter, but it’s handy to have a universal adapter with a variety of voltage settings. The odds of finding the power adapter that originally came with the PA-1050 are very low. The nice thing is, while you’re waiting for the adapter, you can always use batteries. I hope this helps.

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