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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
19XX Tops S-3

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19XX Tops S-3
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Status: My Collection
Created: 03-19-2017 at 01:18PM
Last Edit: 03-19-2017 at 02:07PM

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I drove for two hours to pick up a couple of typewriters (almost dying on the highway on the way; thank you, Canadian winter), this Tops S-3 and a Continental. The seller focused on the Continental, which is indeed lovely. I focused on the Tops because I'd never before heard of the manufacturer. It's a lovely, solid piece of Cold War-era history in almost perfect condition (just a few nicks in the paint), and it types beautifully. All I know about the manufacturer is from Wikipedia. The factory, in Savlje, Slovenia, opened in 1952. That's the extent of it. I look forward to researching this one further.

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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.

19XX Tops S-3 Photo Gallery

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