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The Typewriter Database 1971 Majestic 812 Serial # J8112308 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1971 Majestic 812 Serial # J8112308 I already own a blue Majestic 812, but a guy down the street was selling his for $15, and who was I to argue, as these appear in local shops for $80-$150. When I added this writer to my Excel grid, I noted that the serial number is very close to the other machine I own; in fact it rolled off the assembly line only 41 typewriters after the other one. They were both manufactured in Nagoya, Japan, in 1971, shipped to Canada likely in the same shipment, were perhaps were sold out of the same shop, and then went their separate ways. Now, they're together again after 45 years. This one types quite well, though the shift lock sticks a bit. But it's pretty good, concerning he stored it in his outdoor shed, which has seen many a Canadian winter. I think he was selling it cheap because it didn't have an L keytop, which I found hiding under the carriage, and, as he said, "no one uses typewriters anymore." A story to warm your heart, except I'm kind of heartless and would gladly trade one of these for a typewriter I don't have.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
1971 Majestic 812

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1971 Majestic 812
Serial #
J8112308

Status: My Collection
Created: 12-29-2016 at 11:28AM
Last Edit: 12-29-2016 at 11:29AM

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I already own a blue Majestic 812, but a guy down the street was selling his for $15, and who was I to argue, as these appear in local shops for $80-$150. When I added this writer to my Excel grid, I noted that the serial number is very close to the other machine I own; in fact it rolled off the assembly line only 41 typewriters after the other one. They were both manufactured in Nagoya, Japan, in 1971, shipped to Canada likely in the same shipment, were perhaps were sold out of the same shop, and then went their separate ways. Now, they're together again after 45 years. This one types quite well, though the shift lock sticks a bit. But it's pretty good, concerning he stored it in his outdoor shed, which has seen many a Canadian winter. I think he was selling it cheap because it didn't have an L keytop, which I found hiding under the carriage, and, as he said, "no one uses typewriters anymore." A story to warm your heart, except I'm kind of heartless and would gladly trade one of these for a typewriter I don't have.


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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.


1971 Majestic 812 Photo Gallery

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