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The Typewriter Database 193X Burroughs Electric-Carriage Typewriter Serial # C60A231676 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 193X Burroughs Electric-Carriage Typewriter Serial # C60A231676 I bought this locally, which is good as the machine is so heavy at 40 or so pounds of dead weight and bulky that I wouldn't have wanted to pay for shipping. The seller, another local collector, wanted more space for his other machines and I was happy to oblige. This Burroughs is in terrific cosmetic condition. Note the absence of a carriage return lever and the addition of the electric carriage return key. The drawband has come off and I'm having a heck of a time removing the final screw on the back panel without damaging the paint (this explains the absence of screws in the photo), and no stores are open here for the stat holiday. I don't want to be the guy to ruin a paint job that's survived 90 years by trying to remove it with a pocket knife. I plugged in the frightening two-prong cord and it came alive, humming and clicking. It had that smell of a lamp that hasn't been turned on in some time: burning dust. When I get the drawband repaired, I hope to try out the electric carriage return and shift. From what I've read, this model debuted in 1932 and was still advertised in 1933 so I can't nail down the exact year, and Burroughs ceased making typewriters entirely in 1936. Burroughs called Detroit home, though this one was made in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, across the river (and border) from Detroit. I'd guess that it was manufactured in Detroit and assembled in Windsor to get around import laws or tariffs, as I can see no other reason to have a duplicate factory two miles from the first.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
193X Burroughs Electric-Carriage Typewriter

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193X Burroughs Electric-Carriage Typewriter
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C60A231676

Status: My Collection
Created: 01-02-2017 at 08:46AM
Last Edit: 01-02-2017 at 09:01AM

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I bought this locally, which is good as the machine is so heavy at 40 or so pounds of dead weight and bulky that I wouldn't have wanted to pay for shipping. The seller, another local collector, wanted more space for his other machines and I was happy to oblige. This Burroughs is in terrific cosmetic condition. Note the absence of a carriage return lever and the addition of the electric carriage return key. The drawband has come off and I'm having a heck of a time removing the final screw on the back panel without damaging the paint (this explains the absence of screws in the photo), and no stores are open here for the stat holiday. I don't want to be the guy to ruin a paint job that's survived 90 years by trying to remove it with a pocket knife. I plugged in the frightening two-prong cord and it came alive, humming and clicking. It had that smell of a lamp that hasn't been turned on in some time: burning dust. When I get the drawband repaired, I hope to try out the electric carriage return and shift. From what I've read, this model debuted in 1932 and was still advertised in 1933 so I can't nail down the exact year, and Burroughs ceased making typewriters entirely in 1936. Burroughs called Detroit home, though this one was made in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, across the river (and border) from Detroit. I'd guess that it was manufactured in Detroit and assembled in Windsor to get around import laws or tariffs, as I can see no other reason to have a duplicate factory two miles from the first.


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James Gifford
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I have suddenly become a typewriter collector. It started with one purchase and has ballooned to a collection of more than forty in less than a year. I'm learning fast but I'm still a novice compared to others in the typosphere, including here in Toronto, where I haunt thrift shops and antique markets, and even the occasional basement. I'm a former magazine writer and published author, and a professional book editor by trade, and I learned to type on manuals despite the proliferation of electrics, so I like to think I come by my sudden and rather manic passion honestly.


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