Always befriend a librarian. In the first place, they tend to be really fun, smart people worth hanging around with. But in the second
place, sometimes they make you aware of what they find tucked away in closets and storage spaces. Sometimes, they find things like this:
An Olympia Deluxe International Hebrew typewriter. It will want a new ribbon, and it’s possible that the margin-setting-thingies aren’t working properly, but it’s clean and seems to work very well.
You can see that the arrangement is according to the standard Hebrew keyboard. I’m used to the Hebrew-Qwerty keyboard myself (bet
goes where our B is, and so on), which means I have to hunt & peck.
Since Hebrew does not have upper-case letters, I was surprised to see a shift/tab key assembley (lower left, as you expect). It turns out that “upper case” produces standard-sized characters, and “lower case” produces little wee characters. In this sample, you can see my botched first line, then an error-free line of standard size, and finally a line in little wee size:
Typographically, I can’t say that the font face looks exactly like any of the Hebrew font that I have on my computer (I have SBL Hebrew and whatever comes with the Mac OS). Pretty close in spirit is New Peninim MT. The following will appear in New Peninim MT, but only if you’ve got it installed. Otherwise, it will probably be in some version of Lucida.מי יתן אפו ויכתבון
Good times! And yes, I feel like Arthur Weasley gushing over a collection of “plugs.”