I saw this gorgeous machine posted on the local Craigslist, which I never search, in an ad posted by a woman desperate to clear out space to move to Detroit. She sold me this Torpedo, a Royal Quiet De Luxe, and an Underwood Leader De Luxe for a whopping $80. I offered her $100. She insisted on honouring her price. She was just happy I wasn't a key chopper. So, I sped home with the three machines secure in my trunk. She had cared for all three, two of which had belonged to close family members, and one of which, the Royal, she has written all of her correspondence on for thirty years. Did I mention she was young and beautiful? Sadly, she was married (to that point, so am I). Anyway, I'll have some fun with the script typeface and sunning the machines on my back deck.
PS The machine came with the case (last photo), a branded cloth, and the instruction booklet (all below), dirty but intact.
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.
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