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Typewriters - Private Sellers Only » Seller warning: Australia » 13-10-2013 06:16:24

ScottK
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Good evening guys. 

Just a quick warning on this typewriter on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/vintage-1950s-lemair-abc-1500-typewriter-/321227409543?pt=AU_Typewriters&hash=item4acaa54887&_uhb=1

The photos are from Rob Messenger's website, and the typewriter is currently located 350 kilometers away from this one. 

The typewriter may exist, but you wouldn't know what you a buying. 

 

Type Talk » Help dating a Remington - serial number question » 13-10-2013 04:41:26

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The 'Super Riter' brand name was used on several machines. The designation of this machine is an SJ, but like most manufacturers, they often released a model under different names with variations. For exmaple: The SJ model was sold under the names 'Super-riter', 'Master-riter' and 'Rembrant'. 

From what I can tell, the UK machines resumed a SJ designation and dropped the E at some stage. But the earliest had E designations. 

The C is certainly curious. I'm with you Uwe about the location of manufacture. We just need to find some other Canadan made machines with a C in the serial to prove it. But I'm sticking by my 1963 manufacture period. 

Just for reference, the French made super-riters had the prefix 'JF'. And the dutch version had nothing. 

Type Talk » Help dating a Remington - serial number question » 10-10-2013 23:05:01

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This typewriter is a Remington SJ. Often depicted with J references only. Why it has a C, is hard to say. Often the British made ones were EJ prefixed. 

That said, the letters often denote model or make. It is the numbers you want, and by the database that puts your typewriter at around 1963. If it was made in the UK (most likely Scotland) it would have a 'Made in Great Britain' sticker on it. But often these fall off. or get washed away. 

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Parts » Royal flatbed - Parts needed » 03-10-2013 07:07:12

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It is actually a Royal 1, which is why this is all the more tragic. But the lever and the frame are the same between the 1, and the 3/4/5. 

As for the offending broken frame, i'll see if I can cram a photo up tomorrow. 

Parts » Royal flatbed - Parts needed » 02-10-2013 17:41:18

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This is a bit of a long-shot, but does anyone have a parts Royal Flatbed? I need a carriage lever, and the escapement frame. 

My machine was damaged by USPS, and a seller that obviously found packing things effectively to be just as hard and too difficult to do, as writing 'Fragile' on the box.

Type Talk » Wtf? » 02-10-2013 17:36:20

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I love the name though, 'dream big'. There's a certain sense of irony to that. 

Type Talk » Typewriter places in SYdney? » 16-9-2013 18:06:32

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Have a great time in Sydney. 

What part of Queensland are you from? Anyway i'll ask a few Sydney friends about where is good to look. However, there's a few second hand and antique places in Bondi Junction that are worth a look. That said, Newcastle may be your best bet. 

Type Talk » Famous People and their Typewriters » 16-9-2013 18:01:11

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Iris Murdoch had a Bijou 5 that was originally from the Palastinian Typewriter Company. This typewriter has keys for what was then Palastinian currency (Palastinian pound). 

Incidentally, I have an identical one that Robert Messenger gave me. 
http://image.artfact.com/housePhotos/christies/47/289347/H0027-L17109903.jpg

Typewriter Photo Galleries » New acquisition: Hermes 2000 with cool keyboard » 11-9-2013 17:06:11

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That's an interesting machine. I love the crocadile paint job. This is the first Hermes I have seen with that. They keys are also pretty unique. Nice score you have there. 

Just be mindful that the Hermes 2000 isn't a 3000, and doesn't type quite as softly. They also are well known for having significant skipping problems. 

Type Talk » Draw cord tention » 11-9-2013 17:02:48

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As thetypewriterman says, just make sure that it isn't something else first. Other things to consider - a dirty, rusty or greasy escapement, and also typing rythm. 

A lot of people - myself included, often go from a computer keyboard to a typewriter and type like they are using similar keyboards. But you can't really do that. I often stuff myself up the most when typing 'and'. The reason for this is the change of hands across the keyboard between the letter A and N. Because and is typed across two hands I often find myself hitting the n key far too soon after the a key, and I subsequently catch the tail of the carriage movement which results in the two letters looking like they have been glued togeather. It isn't pretty. 

This wouldn't be resolved by greater tension on the carriage, but rather adjusting my typing.

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