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The Typewriter Database 19XX Cole Steel Model 4 Serial # unknown From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf: 19XX Cole Steel Model 4 Serial # unknown I absolutely loathe these Koch ABC machines, mostly because I haven't found one yet that doesn't have a problem with its escapement. And fixing them - in my experience - is so frustrating that it will take years off of your life.

According to the Davis website this is a 4-series variation of the ABC sold by Cole Steel. If that information is correct, then all of the other Cole Steel typewriters listed in the database as Model 3s are actually Model 4 machines too.

Davis claims that the model 3 had a "3-position thumbwheel ribbon selector to right of keyboard," while the model 4 "utilizes a lever type ribbon selector on the right side of the machine, just in front of the carriage."

Something odd about his breakdown of the Cole Steel models is that he claims the model 4 is the most rare, and yet it's the only Cole Steel variant that I keep coming across.

On top of the dodgy escapement, this model also has a broken-off line space selector lever and a mangled ribbon cover badge. When I mentioned this to the store owner he weighed it against his asking price and offered to reduce it by $20. Unfortunately, some poor typewriter neophyte is going to end up paying a lot of money for this cantankerous portable and wonder why the machine spaces lines three apart.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf:
19XX Cole Steel Model 4

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19XX Cole Steel Model 4
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Status: Sightings
Created: 01-15-2015 at 06:39PM
Last Edit: 01-15-2015 at 06:51PM

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I absolutely loathe these Koch ABC machines, mostly because I haven't found one yet that doesn't have a problem with its escapement. And fixing them - in my experience - is so frustrating that it will take years off of your life.

According to the Davis website this is a 4-series variation of the ABC sold by Cole Steel. If that information is correct, then all of the other Cole Steel typewriters listed in the database as Model 3s are actually Model 4 machines too.

Davis claims that the model 3 had a "3-position thumbwheel ribbon selector to right of keyboard," while the model 4 "utilizes a lever type ribbon selector on the right side of the machine, just in front of the carriage."

Something odd about his breakdown of the Cole Steel models is that he claims the model 4 is the most rare, and yet it's the only Cole Steel variant that I keep coming across.

On top of the dodgy escapement, this model also has a broken-off line space selector lever and a mangled ribbon cover badge. When I mentioned this to the store owner he weighed it against his asking price and offered to reduce it by $20. Unfortunately, some poor typewriter neophyte is going to end up paying a lot of money for this cantankerous portable and wonder why the machine spaces lines three apart.


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


19XX Cole Steel Model 4 Photo Gallery

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