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Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 20-2-2018 10:46:01

MancFrank
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Well, it's been a little while since my last acquisition (I'd also have an Oliver badged Voss ST24 to report had I not been in the sticks with a crappy internet connection...), but this sweet little Adler Primus joins the collection tomorrow. It'll be my first typer with a non - standard keyboard (mathematical), too.

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s-l1600 (7) by Frank Judge, on Flickr

Type Talk » Are prices going up? » 11-1-2018 11:59:25

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Christmas brings out the crazies (both sellers AND buyers), although I wouldn't necessarily agree that prices are maintained throughout the year at the seasonal high. I may be new to the scene, but I've spent many years buying & selling all kind of things and have never observed that to be true. Unless, of course, one counts those listings by the deluded, of which there are many.

My own, smallish collection has, thus far, cost me an average of £27.70 ($37.50) per machine, plus an additional average of £7.60 ($10.30) each for carriage, fuel & sundry other expenses. This doesn't include a couple of donor / parts machines which haven't cost a single penny. The highest, individual amount I've paid to date, was £57 for a '61 Rheinmetall KsT.



 

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 14-12-2017 08:08:26

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Yes, B'Ham would be Birmingham. It had migrated to Bromsgrove, about fifteen miles south west of the city - well within the supplier's original catchment area, I suppose. Alas, Harrison & Fowler are no more, with records suggesting their demise was some time in the eighties.

My toothache (and associated abscess) has now largely cleared, although the cause (structural damage) remains. I'm sure a dentist would find much to do in my mouth, but they won't (in likelihood) get the chance this side of Christmas. The current plan (such as it is) is to undergo one, long course of remediation, in the hope that this will suffice for another thirty four years, or until I croak - whichever comes first (probably the latter!). 

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 11-12-2017 19:17:21

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Sounds like a sweet score, FW - I have never seen a Secretarial 76 in the UK & nor do I expect to, but from what I've seen on the Davis Brothers' site, it would certainly fit with my modernist aesthetic. 

My SG1 cost the princely sum of £21.50 (just under $30) - along with a 200 mile round trip on company fuel & time (they owed me a favour!). As with many Ebay 'collection only' auctions, the bidding was less than frenzied, starting at £18.

My agonies (and induced laziness) have prevented me from spending any time with the machine since collection, but here's a (mildly enhanced) pic from the original listing:

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SG1 Closeup by Frank Judge, on Flickr


I hope I feel better soon, too - but the reality is that I've gotten away with not seeing a dentist for thirty four years, and now have my first real problem, which will certainly require extraction of the offending molar. Not much worries me in this world, but when it comes to dentists and dentistry, I'd honestly rather spend a day locked in a cage with a hungry tiger... *shudders*



 

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 08-12-2017 14:26:52

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Absolutely, positively the last acquisition before Christmas - Olympia SG1 of indeterminate year (by which, I mean I haven't looked - I have the mother of all toothaches & can't see beyond the pressing need for codeine, ibuprofen & a bottle of brandy).

Apart from fifty years of grime, it looks tip - top & is fully working. Will post decent pics of everything I've bagged in 2017 over the coming fortnight (in the galleries, of course) but this is all I can muster for now.

Right, where did I stash the drugs?...

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SG1 by Frank Judge, on Flickr[/img]

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 30-11-2017 17:45:15

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Uwe wrote:

MancFrank wrote:

Looks like Modern Congress Elite (No. 98) to me.

​The type slug face is marked with the installed typeface number.
 

Thanks, Uwe, but I'm not at home for a few days & cannot confirm - hence the non - committal 'looks like'. It was an opportunistic purchase which I barely managed to get home before setting off!

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 28-11-2017 15:34:37

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Fleetwing wrote:

OK, now we know you're serious!  I think you will be really impressed with that machine. Font size? Looks like it might be elite. Typeface?

Ha! Yes, I do believe I will be - particularly when I assess & (hopefully) fix the double space issue!

Looks like Modern Congress Elite (No. 98) to me.
 

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 28-11-2017 09:16:18

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Thanks, FW - mine certainly is, I'm rather pleased with it.

Well, it had to happen sometime I suppose - today, a standard joins the collection:

1977 (I think) Olympia SG3L. Needs a clean & has a dead / disconnected double space key. At least the elusive paper support is present!

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SG3L by Frank Judge, on Flickr[/img]

 

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 26-11-2017 12:55:56

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Today's acquisition: 1941 Remington Portable 5 DeLuxe - bit of a schlep involved but worth it, it's in lovely condition. My first Remington, too.
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Remington 5 DeLuxe by Frank Judge, on Flickr[/img]

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 21-11-2017 18:55:28

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Markmotown wrote:

Yeah, I'm currently stewing over a machine that I missed, too. 
There was a Craiglist ad about a two hour drive from my house for an "old typewriter" that wasn't working, so it was being sold for "decor purposes only." They were asking $18. 
It was a Densmore. 
I scrambled to reply that I'd be happy to take it off their hands, and felt pretty good about it, since it had only been posted online for less than an hour. But I never got a reply, and then the ad was taken down. 
Grrrrrr.... 

I feel you on that, Mark. I'm currently being 'given the run around' by two different, small ads sellers on both a Royal O type Standard Portable & (yet another!) early seventies SM9 - which are both being offered for chump change...
 

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