Having encountered Keith McBride's "Retro Tech Office Machines" blog entry[*] from 2011 about his (then) new P-201, I went out to find one. They don't seem as rare at the moment that they seemed to have been several years ago.
This one appears to be almost brand new. Its case is stained on the inside (oddly), but it seems to have done its job of protecting the machine.
I agree with Keith's assessment that this may be useful for casual correspondence or notes, but I wouldn't want to type anything lengthy on it. It is pretty.
It is rather noisy as the type bars slam back against rounded metal. I took the liberty of affixing a strip of craft foam behind them, so now it doesn't make quite so much racket.
There seems to be no serial number information in the TypewriterDatabase, and the brief instruction guide that came with it has no date imprinted on it, so the "196X" date is a guess.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I have always loved typewriters along with other kinds of well-engineered tools and devices such as slide rules, calculators (particular HP), radios, cameras (particularly Nikons), and microscopes. In addition to appreciating their intrinsic beauty and utility, they represent "things that need to be figured out to be understood". That's how I first learned about computers and programming in the 1970s, by figuring things out for myself. It's activity in which I never seem to tire of engaging.
Although communities have arisen around other collection interests, typewriters have the advantage that those who use them also typically enjoy communicating through words, whether those words are about the machines themselves or their lives, hopes, dreams, or expressions of beauty. There's much to be appreciated here.
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