I was told this typewriter was in working condition, and I thought yeah, like most of these century old machines. They just work on the surface, that is, keys move (maybe the carriage doesn´t), and the seller either honestly thinks it works or you´re gonna be scammed.
But this thing works perfectly.
And this thing is a perfect showcase for most of functions inside a typewriter. Since everything is exposed you can see how everything works, and what´s more important, you get and idea on how visible typewriters appeared. The Pittsburgh was pure common sense, but this one is the leap forward. Many things would change until we got the "usual" typewriter: the ribbon spools, the return lever at the right... But mostly everything is in there.
After getting my curiosity sparked with such a clear vision of such an early typewriter´s innards, I started typing a bit, and it works. Period. Nothing here to complain, which means there´s a lot to cheer about. I try to compare similar typewriters I have, and in this case the Remington 10 faces tough competition: Underwood 3, Adler 7 and Corona 3.
I find it waaaaay easier to use than the Adler 7, and a bit faster. As for the Corona 3, the little portable is nowhere near the Remington 10 in terms of performance (even being fully restored). The Underwood 3 is a different story. Overall, I´d say it´s better than the Remington 10 because it´s so "modern". You´d never tell it´s a century old, it looks newer, and in fact everything seems a bit more advanced. But the Remington 10 is pure joy. Using it is really entertainig, takes you back in time. And a big fat bonus: the noise!!!
As I said with the Adler 7, this is a typewriter everybody should try. A great, great model.
One final thing: Lokking at the serial numbers here, it should be 1915, but there´s a tiny little problem: that RH prefix which I don´t know where to put. Any idea?
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98.
Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter is the only one which is NOT in my collection. How ironic...
Things then got... complex. I moved from Valladolid to my village, and suddenly found myself with a lot of room available at home, so the small collection is turning into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.
The smallest typeslug of the world.
The Escapement Central, and next to it, the Tabulator Tower
Lo and behold! The Remington Standard Typewriter No. 10!
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