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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf:
1958 Torpedo Model 20

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1958 Torpedo Model 20
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Status: My Collection
Created: 12-31-2014 at 10:00AM
Last Edit: 12-31-2014 at 10:35AM

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This is the machine that almost permanently dissuaded me from ever buying another typewriter that needed to be shipped.

Assured by the seller that it would be well packaged, it arrived looking like someone had tossed a hand grenade in the box before it was sealed for transit. The carriage was literally torn from its rails, and combined with the ejected ribbon cover, the carnage created by those two loose parts was enough for me to initially consider the machine to be a complete loss.

However, after many hours of work the Torpedo was back in typing form, and I now view the remaining dents and dings as character. Although it functions well, because of the trauma it has endured it wouldn't be fair to assess this particular Model 20's performance.

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Uwe Wachtendorf
Username: Uwe

Typewriter collector based in Toronto who prefers mid-century models.

1958 Torpedo Model 20 Photo Gallery

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