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The Typewriter Database 1945 Patria (Swiss) Portable Serial # 50304 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1945 Patria (Swiss) Portable Serial # 50304 I picked this up at a local consignment shop for not much money. The tag said "no markings," and I couldn't see a make or model name on it anywhere when I was in the shop and thought I would figure that out when I got home. Well, I'm stumped. I still can't find any markings. It's metal, with a silver metallic paint job and plastic platen knobs. The return lever pops up to type and locks down again. It's a carriage shift, with double shift. The one identifying marker would seem to be the ribbon selector, which sits to the right of the ribbon vibrator, and I own no other machine with that feature. The case has a curious latching system, which reminds me of the 1950s DM I own. The machine overall resembles the Voss, without the gullwing ribbon covers, or perhaps an Olympia. The low serial number suggests either that this is a relatively low production number or that there weren't that many made. The serial number was stamped in a semi-circle around the foot underneath, another feature I haven't seen before. It types fairly well, though I've clicked something and now the carriage insists on sliding all the way to the left and I can't get it to sit still. All part of the fun, I guess!

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
1945 Patria (Swiss) Portable

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1945 Patria (Swiss) Portable
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50304

Status: My Collection
Created: 01-21-2017 at 12:30PM
Last Edit: 01-21-2017 at 01:27PM

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I picked this up at a local consignment shop for not much money. The tag said "no markings," and I couldn't see a make or model name on it anywhere when I was in the shop and thought I would figure that out when I got home. Well, I'm stumped. I still can't find any markings. It's metal, with a silver metallic paint job and plastic platen knobs. The return lever pops up to type and locks down again. It's a carriage shift, with double shift. The one identifying marker would seem to be the ribbon selector, which sits to the right of the ribbon vibrator, and I own no other machine with that feature. The case has a curious latching system, which reminds me of the 1950s DM I own. The machine overall resembles the Voss, without the gullwing ribbon covers, or perhaps an Olympia. The low serial number suggests either that this is a relatively low production number or that there weren't that many made. The serial number was stamped in a semi-circle around the foot underneath, another feature I haven't seen before. It types fairly well, though I've clicked something and now the carriage insists on sliding all the way to the left and I can't get it to sit still. All part of the fun, I guess!


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James Gifford
Username: giffer

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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