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The Typewriter Database 193X Barr Macy's Portable No. 1 Serial # 38753 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Rosenzweig: 193X Barr Macy's Portable No. 1 Serial # 38753 This typewriter is a variant of the Barr Universal sold by Macy's dept. store. It was made by the Barr Typewriter Corp. in Weedsport, N.Y., around 1938. It features basket shift, unlike other portables of the time, which used carriage shift to get capitals. Note the ribbon color selector doesn't have a stencil position. Instead, there's a metal tab on the right side of the machine that is pulled out to disable the ribbon for stencils.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Rosenzweig:
193X Barr Macy's Portable No. 1

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193X Barr Macy's Portable No. 1
Serial #
38753

Status: My Collection
Created: 03-13-2014 at 12:54PM
Last Edit: 03-13-2014 at 12:55PM

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Description:

This typewriter is a variant of the Barr Universal sold by Macy's dept. store. It was made by the Barr Typewriter Corp. in Weedsport, N.Y., around 1938. It features basket shift, unlike other portables of the time, which used carriage shift to get capitals. Note the ribbon color selector doesn't have a stencil position. Instead, there's a metal tab on the right side of the machine that is pulled out to disable the ribbon for stencils.


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Mark Rosenzweig
Username: MarkR

I have collected typewriters since the early 1970s. My first collectible machine was a Mignon, but I also had everyday typers then, first a Voss ST-24 and an Olivetti Praxis 48, and then a Hermes 3000 and a Hermes 10. Over the last decade or so, I've turned my focus from early machines (Lambert, Blickensderfer, Hammond, Smith-Premier, etc.) to portables.

Besides typewriters, I also am avid about Studebakers, and have had a 1964 Studebaker GT Hawk since 1979.