Monday, December 12, 2022

December 2022 typewriter safari

On an afternoon, did a tour of the local thrift-stores - only looking. 

Despite much space being reserved for seasonal decoration materials, there were typewriters! With generations and what gets thrown out today, it is mostly the 1970s and 1980s machines with plastic bodies: first spotted, a flock of Olympia's.

On the other side of that same trestle/table there was a very rusty Remington 10 standard:

A much older machine; from the serial number this is a 1909 machine:

In the next thrift store, only electric typewriters. Portable, but not usable without a socket to plug it into. Not too long ago these were expensive and valued items, machines generally have the power-cord packed with the machine in the case. As does this Triumph Gabrielle, even with a dust cover.

This very modern-looking Triumph-Adler Gabrielle 9009 has been sitting near the entrance of this store for over a year. By now it's lost a spacebar, but still has its cord and cover.

In the third store visited, there was a typewriter on a dark bottom-shelf; a re-painted Scheidegger-branded 'Typomatic' machine. (Adler?)

A bit further in the 'games corner', one large and very plastic suitcase suggested 'typewriter':

Peeking inside, indeed it contained a writing machine. A very clean-looking Smith-Corona Coronet Super 12 electric portable typewriter. Not a small machine, this descendent of the tiny Corona 3. With a little cut-out in the top-cover showing off the Coronamatic cartridge. All for a mere 5 Euro asking price.

Net result; only looking. The Coronet was affordable and looked interesting to explore, but completely outside of my defined scope of pre-war machines. The 1909 Remington was really tempting. It however looked too daunting a project to dare attempt (and these are still fairly plentiful in much better condition). And also considering that a Remington 10 is not the most practical machine to take home by bike :-)

1 comment:

  1. I would not have bought any of these either. I agree that the Scheidegger is an Adler. Thanks for the tour!