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The Typewriter Database 196X Avona Jet Serial # unknown From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 196X Avona Jet Serial # unknown I bought this in a last-minute bid on eBay, surprised I was the only bidder (the opening bid wasn't as low as it might have been, but I bit). I enjoyed opening up this typer when it arrived, as I know little about it. One blogger suggests its provenance as a rebadged Underwood Diplomat, and good Richard Polt commented on my indulgent Instagram post that it quite closely resembles an Antares. I don't disagree with him. The curious thing is the machine is clearly stamped Made in USA, not Italy, though perhaps it was so stamped for export, or maybe it was assembled in the USA, so technically "made" there. I could not find a serial number, though I did notice a black streak in the shape of a serial number on the frame by the right ribbon spool--not made by marker, but perhaps its tar, or something else gummy, and I can't seem to easily remove it. There are two other matching numbers on the frame and the ribbon cover, though these match the numbers the blogger found on his exact machine, so must relate to the model somehow. In any case, other than these unusual factors it's a rather unremarkable machine, except I do enjoy its low Antares-esque profile and high-swung return lever. I don't even mind the bandage on its chin (I haven't looked underneath yet). It types adequately if noisily. I'd love to know more about it.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
196X Avona Jet

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196X Avona Jet
Serial #
unknown

Status: My Collection
Created: 05-06-2017 at 01:03PM
Last Edit: 05-06-2017 at 01:09PM

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I bought this in a last-minute bid on eBay, surprised I was the only bidder (the opening bid wasn't as low as it might have been, but I bit). I enjoyed opening up this typer when it arrived, as I know little about it. One blogger suggests its provenance as a rebadged Underwood Diplomat, and good Richard Polt commented on my indulgent Instagram post that it quite closely resembles an Antares. I don't disagree with him. The curious thing is the machine is clearly stamped Made in USA, not Italy, though perhaps it was so stamped for export, or maybe it was assembled in the USA, so technically "made" there. I could not find a serial number, though I did notice a black streak in the shape of a serial number on the frame by the right ribbon spool--not made by marker, but perhaps its tar, or something else gummy, and I can't seem to easily remove it. There are two other matching numbers on the frame and the ribbon cover, though these match the numbers the blogger found on his exact machine, so must relate to the model somehow. In any case, other than these unusual factors it's a rather unremarkable machine, except I do enjoy its low Antares-esque profile and high-swung return lever. I don't even mind the bandage on its chin (I haven't looked underneath yet). It types adequately if noisily. I'd love to know more about it.


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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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