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Portable Typewriters » Underwood Leader, Champion or Universal? » 28-1-2023 21:05:48

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skywatcher wrote:

I'm not sure which is the better equipped model, the Universal or the Champion

The Champion was the most fully featured.

Standard Typewriters » Remington16 typewriter ribbon spool and general questions? » 22-1-2023 17:23:17

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OregonJim wrote:

Some of the "universal" spools allow you to punch out the center section in order to make them fit in Remingtons.  

Those would not work on early Remington standards. His model will require the proprietary metal spools, which were used on the models 10, 12, 16, and others.
 

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Typing Paper Weight » 22-1-2023 14:02:28

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Kalani wrote:

For myself: Rhodia fountain pen paper which is at least as 20 lb paper but glazed, or Clairefontane (spel?) which is a thin paper made in Japan and made for fountain pens.
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Clairefontaine is not a thin paper made in Japan--I think you meant a different brand. Clairefontaine is a French company who also makes Rhodia. Clairfontaine products are very similar to Rhodia.

Standard Typewriters » Refurbished(?) Underwood Number 5 » 21-1-2023 22:26:28

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Yes, it was refurbished at some point in its history, which is very common. That number you are referring to is just a parts number for the carriage, and those are always different from the serial number.

Maintenance & Repairs » Carriage makes loud ratchet noise on Smith Corona » 18-1-2023 18:34:13

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Pete E. wrote:

Also look to make sure the silencer spring on the escapement gear has not become dislodged.

I do not believe Smith Corona 5 Series machines have silencer springs. They did not have silent returns like one would find on many of the European machines of that era.

Portable Typewriters » Mystery Typewriter in locked case - who bought it » 16-12-2022 00:48:17

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That is definitely a Smith Corona "Holiday" case.

Standard Typewriters » Modified Royal FPE On Shop Goodwill... » 28-8-2022 21:15:31

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robmck wrote:

I wonder what 86 designates.

I believe the 86 designates the number of characters (43 keys), although I am not sure why this typewriter would have the character number in the serial, because I think that number of characters was common on this model. I am used to seeing 88 in Royal serials for typewriters with 88 characters, often exports with extra keys for other markets and languages, but I am not sure I have seen an 86.
 

Typewriter Paraphernalia » Typing manuals » 28-7-2022 16:25:29

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20th Century Typewriting, Rowe Typing, and Gregg Typing, are three of the most common typewriter instructional textbooks. They all have numerous editions that span several decades.

Type Talk » Is it possible to date this font? and what was used to type it? » 23-7-2022 00:21:20

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If I am looking at the correct image, I do not believe it will be possible to date that based on the type style. There are not enough characters in the sample to link that to any particular brand or era. Forensic type analysis is very tricky, even with a large sample, and would be nearly impossible with three characters, especially as none of these are ones that are commonly used as differentiators in some of the popular methods.

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