This fine typewriter has treated me to the full suite of emotions connected with typewriter collecting. The initial pleasure at completing an eBay transaction to acquire my first example of an Adler was followed by despair and anger when the poorly packaged machine arrived severely damaged. Fortunately the seller had purchased insurance, and satisfaction was achieved when my investment was recovered. And then there was the great pleasure and joy when I was able to restore this fine typewriter to nearly its original pristine condition. Follow the link below to my blog post with the full tale and photos.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Almost at the same instant that the idea occurred to me of how much fun it might be for my children (7) and grandchildren (13) to get letters - real letters in the mail - i went digging through the dusty nether regions of our storage area to pull out my beloved 1957 Olympia SM3 Portable and the old Royal 10 I'd rescued from a neighbor's garbage can in the 1960's. Refurbishing them triggered a typewriter obsession. Don't tell my wife, but i believe there are now about 20 of them.
I love their looks, their intricate and precise mechanisms, and dinking around in the workshop tuning them up and bringing them back to life. i also, unfortunately, love the thrill of the hunt on eBay. But all of them are put to use for correspondence and my new hobby of decorated art letters. And sometimes they even inspire a bit of poetry.
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