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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
198X Messa 5000

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198X Messa 5000
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Status: My Collection
Created: 09-02-2016 at 02:26PM
Last Edit: 09-02-2016 at 02:27PM

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Made in Portugal. I paid CAN$40 for it in downtown Toronto. It types quite well for an unremarkable-seeming machine. The A key is a little loose but otherwise all the keys work well. The black foam plate perpendicular to the keyboard with the all-caps MESSA logo with stylized M gets in the way a tad when typing numbers. A very solid, dependable machine, and the only typewriter in my collection made in Portugal (licensed by Royal).

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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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