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The Typewriter Database 1965? IBM Executive Serial # 2014881 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Dan Johnson: 1965? IBM Executive Serial # 2014881 This is IBM's proportional-typeface typewriter, but unlike the Selectrics, they did it with ordinary type bars and slugs. I was fortunate to find one in fairly good shape, meaning it doesn't skip (much), but it's not perfect in that regard, either. What "sealed the deal" for me was its gorgeous color and a local pickup.

Thanks to Jer Wal for telling me where to find the serial number: move the carriage to the right and look straight down for a stamped metal label on the carriage assembly. (I've added a photo of the serial number on mine.)

Thanks also to Richard Polt who identified the gorgeous typeface as "Testimonial" along with his link to a digital version available at http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/testimonial.html

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Dan Johnson:
1965? IBM Executive

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1965? IBM Executive
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2014881

Status: My Collection
Created: 02-13-2016 at 02:56PM
Last Edit: 02-14-2016 at 09:35PM

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This is IBM's proportional-typeface typewriter, but unlike the Selectrics, they did it with ordinary type bars and slugs. I was fortunate to find one in fairly good shape, meaning it doesn't skip (much), but it's not perfect in that regard, either. What "sealed the deal" for me was its gorgeous color and a local pickup.

Thanks to Jer Wal for telling me where to find the serial number: move the carriage to the right and look straight down for a stamped metal label on the carriage assembly. (I've added a photo of the serial number on mine.)

Thanks also to Richard Polt who identified the gorgeous typeface as "Testimonial" along with his link to a digital version available at http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/testimonial.html


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Dan Johnson
Username: rdj

I have always loved typewriters along with other kinds of well-engineered tools and devices such as slide rules, calculators (particular HP), radios, cameras (particularly Nikons), and microscopes. In addition to appreciating their intrinsic beauty and utility, they represent "things that need to be figured out to be understood". That's how I first learned about computers and programming in the 1970s, by figuring things out for myself. It's activity in which I never seem to tire of engaging.

Although communities have arisen around other collection interests, typewriters have the advantage that those who use them also typically enjoy communicating through words, whether those words are about the machines themselves or their lives, hopes, dreams, or expressions of beauty. There's much to be appreciated here.


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