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Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 19-1-2018 15:07:40

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Here is a rarer find then most of the machines in this thread.
A Yost No 4.
http://hostthenpost.org/uploads/f700710d9976b1739433e0040ea1e296.jpg

Standard Typewriters » Narrow platen Underwood, what for? » 05-1-2018 18:55:55

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This is a machine to produce stencils for the Elliott Stencil Machine. its rare to find these.

Type Talk » Any requests from Santa? » 21-12-2017 18:31:18

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Dear Santa,
I would like one Yost upstrike typewriter.

Early Typewriters » Smith Premier #4 Restoration Progress » 29-11-2017 20:00:31

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Markmotown wrote:

Say, TypewriterGuy:
After a months-long hiatus, I'm finally back working on reassembling my Smith Premier #4 after a thorough cleaning. I'm working on reattaching the carriage, and was wondering if you remember where the ball bearings go, and how you went about putting that all back together. 

My memory fades with time, and all I remember is that, when I was disassembling it, a few ball bearings fell out up there before I had any idea where exactly they came from. 

Any suggestions you might have would be most gratefully appreciated! 

There are four 1/4 inch ball bearings. Put 2 on the front bearing race and 2 on the back. The front bearing race is removable. Remove it. Put the bearings in the back first. I push them in from the front of the machine bu lifting up either side of the carriage. Then take the front bearing race and angle it in while placing the bearings in. That should do it.

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 24-11-2017 14:57:24

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Update on the $18 Densmore.
Its mine. I made a deal with the person who bought it to get it.

Type Talk » Recent Acquisitions Thread » 23-11-2017 20:45:48

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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.... 

Resident Densmore expert here.
That would burn. Those are very rare machines. 

Type Talk » New guy looking for first typewriter » 07-11-2017 15:01:05

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dboeren wrote:

Uwe:  You have a good point there.  I'm still trying to get a list of what machine(s) she has, but it would surely be useful to get a little experience to gain a better sense of what I like.  I should mention that while this will be my first time owning a vintage typewriter, I actually have used a typewriter before.  Our family had one when I was growing up and I took a typing class in High School back around 1986 or so.  Also, even if I don't act on it until later I'd still like time to do my research beforehand on my "short list".

mre12ax7:  I agree that this looks like one of the hotter finds.  I've had no trouble locating multiple KMM's for instance leading me to believe that I can get one later on without much trouble. 10's appear more rare and should be followed up on.

And by way of an update, the Olympia SM9 is sold now since this morning.  A reminder not to tarry too long but to seize the moment?  I'm going to call the Royal 10 seller and see what more I can find out about that particular machine.  However, I will also try not to go too overboard until after Thanksgiving.

One more update about the Underwoods...  Apparently the Leader may have been a budget model, so it may or may not be superior to the older Underwood Portable which I'm still trying to pin down and get a price for.  This is taken from http://oztypewriter.blogspot.com/2011/11/underwood-portable-typewriters-1919_22.html

"In 1949, another model was added to this line, the Leader, which was a much more basic version of the Universal-Champion."

However, the Leader I'm looking at is an earlier model so I'm not 100% sure this still applies.

The leader was always somewhat of a budget model.
 

Portable Typewriters » 1955 Olympia SM-3 » 27-10-2017 20:52:40

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Be careful.
Collecting typewriters is contagious and there is no cure.
The midcentury portables are the first step. Wait till you see some of the elaborate 19th century machines.

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