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Type Talk » Rookie help request: Wich are the most collectable typewriters » 25-5-2018 14:10:58

Hey, there. That depends on an important factor: do you want to collect typewriters to use them, or just to have a display piece? If the latter, then you're looking for the varied early machines. Before the early 1900's they came in all sorts of styles, some of which are extremely collectible. The Sholes and Glidden comes to mind. If you mean the former, that answer is a bit more nuanced...

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 29-3-2018 11:39:04

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tricnomistal wrote:

Both are fully functional. The Brother's paint was coming off in spots, so my wife repainted it. The seller took the German QWERTZ keyboard and graciously converted it to a QWERTY. I put pink nail polish over the tab key because I kept confusing it for the backspace--not a fun way to be woken from the concentration of writing. 

I should clarify, starting with the sentence about the QWERTZ keyboard conversion, I'm talking about the Erika. I forgot to properly transition there...
 

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 29-3-2018 10:49:14

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Here is a pair I bought recently. The one one the left is a Brother Opus 210 I bought for my daughter (who lovingly calls it either her "computer" or her "type-uh-writer") to distract her from daddy's typewriter, which is on the right: A 1959 Erika 10.



Both are fully functional. The Brother's paint was coming off in spots, so my wife repainted it. The seller took the German QWERTZ keyboard and graciously converted it to a QWERTY. I put pink nail polish over the tab key because I kept confusing it for the backspace--not a fun way to be woken from the concentration of writing. 

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 27-3-2018 09:39:24

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JeffMo74 wrote:

Just picked this up on Ebay but I didn't realize it had extra keys. Anybody know what language this is used for?

The only alphabet I can find with all those letters is Lithuanian. 

Type Talk » Waiting on the Mail » 26-3-2018 09:52:32

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colrehogan wrote:

tricnomistal wrote:

Is that the one with a double keyboard?

Yes, it is.  
 

Wow. Interesting machine. I bet repairmen woke in cold sweat from nightmares of that nest of typebars and linkages...

Type Talk » Waiting on the Mail » 24-3-2018 19:41:10

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Fleetwing wrote:

All arrived in good shape?

 
Well, one of the delivery services did their best to damage it, but it was packaged very well, thankfully, so the machine survived in good working order.

Type Talk » Waiting on the Mail » 23-3-2018 17:23:58

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Well, two weeks and one day after she was shipped, my Erika 10 arrived in the mail. Limited first impressions have been excellent. I'll post about her (and another less exciting machine) on the recent acquisitions thread once I've had a chance to really play with her. 

All in all not a terribly long wait. Doesn't mean I wasn't terribly impatient though...

Type Talk » Waiting on the Mail » 18-3-2018 12:33:12

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colrehogan wrote:

I'm just waiting for some parts for a Smith Premier 4 to arrive.

Is that the one with a double keyboard?

Portable Typewriters » Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter » 09-3-2018 17:59:16

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The best I've come up with is that it was someone's really poorly-considered design that somehow made it to production.

Portable Typewriters » Smith Corona Enterprise II 10-key greek typewriter » 09-3-2018 17:57:32

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I keep coming back to this post, because I'm fascinated at my inability to come up with an even slightly plausible reason for this typewriter's existence... 

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