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20-7-2019 02:29:47  #801


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Hi all
Hi all
When you first invited new members to introduce themselves, did you envisage that there would be so many? Here's mine:
I think my interest in typewriters was sparked by a number of factors: an interest in literature and the use of the written word in every day life, the beauty of some older machines, a fascination with how things work and the sense of achievement in fixing things that don't (work). It started when I stumbled upon three vintage standard models in a local antique yard, bought the best example (an Underwood 5), inevitably went back for the other two (Remington 12, Smith Premier) and  have since picked up another eleven from various sources as opportunities have presented. I bought five somewhat unintentionally as I wanted a rough Underwood 5 for spares and it came as a job lot with an Olivetti 44 (surely the Darth Vader of typewriter design), Olympia 8 and SG1, Remington Standard 10 and a Royal KMM, all for a winning bid of £27...
My latest acquisition is a lovely Royal Model P in burgundy 'alligator skin' finish, with three mathematical notation keys. The box needed more restoration than the typewriter, including a new leather handle and a replacement piece of panel, along with fabricated lugs to connect with the metal hoops on the base panel.
I'm learning as I go and have been 'cutting my teeth' on the various functions of the Underwood 5 which needed sorting: replacing the paper guide rubbers, back space pawl (from the spares machine, along with a missing cylinder knob), new glass key top, new key labels for all keys etc. I'm currently trying to sort the automatic ribbon direction function...
The forum has been an excellent source of information and inspiration. I'm hoping to make more use of it now as a member and eventually hope to offer support as my skills and stock of spares develop! So if anybody needs any glass key tops making, rubber paper guides or spares for an Underwood 5...
Ian J, Sheffield, UK.

 

20-7-2019 13:22:28  #802


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Glad you made the transition from lurker to member, Ian! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/cool.png


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20-8-2019 09:50:00  #803


Re: New Member Thread

Hello all - quick intro for me.

I own about 30 typewriters, and am working to restore most of them to working condition.  The one I'm currently working on is a 1915-17 -ish Hammond Model 12, which turns out to be half woodworking and half typewriter repairs.  It's now in workable condition but with a few more adjustments needed.

Most of my other machines are portables.  I mainly have Remingtons, Royals (including my original high school machine), SCs, and a couple of Olivettis.  People have given me five electric machines - those I have't even touched yet.  Throw in an Oliver and a few LC Smith / Remington standards and that rounds out the collection.

 

26-8-2019 19:17:39  #804


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Hello everyone,

My name is as mentioned in my signature! I am from Lafayette, Louisiana, and originally found my interest in typewriters when it came to finding another way to write my poetry, being that my print handwriting was not that great until I learned to write in cursive script. I have a Smith-Corona from the 30s that of course has that beautiful art deco vibe to it, and I was currently handed down my Great Great Uncle Marion's typewriter, also from the 30's, which I have been fixing up over the past couple of weeks with many trials and tribulations... But she is getting there! Much thanks for allowing me to join this endeavor!


Étienne Antonin Gaspar de Normandy
 

28-8-2019 11:22:39  #805


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Welcome to the forum, Étienne and pk47! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/grin.png


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