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Type Talk » dating via serial number » 22-10-2017 20:04:50

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I'm having a similar problem. I went to the Underwood page on the database, but the serial number-686970911 doesn't seem to match any of the photos on the site.

Standard Typewriters » Help Identifying an Underwood » 22-10-2017 18:07:15

Typingrav
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I just picked up this Underwood. I think its a number 5 or 6, but I'm looking for confirmation. As best as I can make out the serial number 686970911. Photo follows. Thanks in advance
Ira
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The World of Typewriters » Typewriter Spotting » 15-10-2017 18:57:46

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https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/10/16/arts/Wilburobit2/Wilburobit2-superJumbo.jpg


The poet Richard Wilbur died this past Saturday. Thi picture of him with his typewriter ran in tonight's NY Times

Portable Typewriters » Typewriters made in Portugal » 23-8-2017 18:43:41

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Uwe wrote:

I would think that Messa (Lisbon) is the most well-known Portuguese typewriter manufacturer. If I remember my history correctly, the Messa factory was actually the result of a German typewriter manufacturer (Siemag) relocating its facilities to Portugal. I don't know if it was sold to a Portuguese firm, or if control was retained by the German company, because I honestly haven't had much interest in that particular vein of typewriter history.

​In either case, Messa became a private label manufacturer and produced typewriters for Litton (Royal and Imperial). I have read that its products were also sold under the Sterling brand name in Great Britain, and that Messa - among others - also produced a Patria model under licence.

​I'm fairly certain that the Sears Chevron is some form of a private label, re-badged model. In other words it was a Royal (a Safari, maybe?) that was re-branded as a Sears typewriter, and yes, that means it was also most likely manufactured by Messa. And - I could be wrong here - the Royal itself was originally a German-designed machine, I seem to recall having read it was an ABC model. I despise the original ABC designs, but I would hope that if all of this is true, the version that was produced for Royal and Sears by Messa was a more reliable typewriter.

Thank you for this information. It took me awhile until I got back to it.

Portable Typewriters » Typewriters made in Portugal » 22-7-2017 13:39:43

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In connection to my post in new acquisitions, The Sears Chevron was made in Portugal. Does anyone have any background information on these typewriters? Name of the company in Portugal that made them for sears or any other information. Thanks

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 21-7-2017 19:16:27

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I've acquired my second typewriter just a month after being given my first as a gift (a Royal
Epoch, which by the way is working wonderfully despite the negative reviews I've read.) This one is more vintage: A Sears Chevron from the '70's, I believe. Working perfectly for $25 off ebay.
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Type Talk » New Member Thread » 14-7-2017 07:48:38

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Thanks for the welcome, David

Type Talk » New Member Thread » 13-7-2017 13:11:37

Typingrav
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Hi all
Thanks for this great forum. I just bought my first typewriter (at least in 60 years), a new Royal Epoch. It works very nicely so far, though I know it isn't high on everyone's list. For the past five years I've been deep into the world of fountain pens. While I am still mainly a fountain pen geek, I'm loving typing too. I'd love to gather some vintage machines, budget and space are big issues. In any case, I am a retired clergy and author of a few books in my field and I'm glad to be here.
Ira

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Typewriter Theme Wax Seals » 13-7-2017 13:01:53

Typingrav
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TypewriterKing wrote:

Can one get sealing wax from an office supply anymore? I've had mail sealed this way recently, and I have wondered where they got their sealing wax, plus the little "stamps" they use. Maybe it's something that came back because it looks so classy.

Best source I"ve found is nostalgicimpressions.com

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