I bought this on eBay knowing nothing about it, just liking the name. The seller advertised it as mint and ready to use, though it arrived with a dented and bent back panel, bent keys and, I think, missing the original ribbon covers (though I'm not sure about that). And some rust, which is common on this model, from what I've read. I have some work to do. I did manage to get it going well enough to attach sample type, for most of the keys, anyway. I understand that this is a rare machine, or at least uncommon, so I'll cut it some slack. Still, I can see why there aren't many of these in the world. The name "Argyle" really doesn't make any sense on a blue metal and chrome (yes, chrome!) typewriter. Perhaps they could have considered an argyle pattern . . . I've yet to see the other model that Nippo Machine Co. Ltd. of Yokohama put out, the Atlas, but I would pick one up if I found it on the cheap at a barn sale.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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.
I read somewhere that this machine would have come with proprietary ribbon covers, but this one came without. I fitted it with a standard ribbon intended for a Royal KMM.
I found the original manual and serviceman repair forms (not filled out), as well as a worn N keytop, tucked into the case. I couldn't find a patent or printing date on the materials, or an obvious one, anyway; it says "Printed in Japan 6906" on the instruction booklet, which could mean June 1969 for all I know.
Professionally printed, coil bound workshop repair manuals.