To answer a question I have long had: yes, this machine is more like and nearly equal to the machines made before it than the ones made after it. Originally I did not like the looks of the '49, but seeing it in paint other than the dual grey two tone I admit it has grown on me somewhat. It certainly types like a dream.
I found it in an antique store in Salem, Virginia for $40 and it is in excellent mechanical order. It was full of WD-40 grime, but a little elbow grease has gotten the machine feeling as it should.
This machine is in part sponsored by Brad Sarno who graciously gave me a ribbon to try out which I put in this machine.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am an aspiring novelist and avid typewriter enthusiast from the New River Valley in Virginia. I am a proud Virginia Tech graduate with an education in creative writing. I use typewriters for all my writing and am working on a novel. I also do street poetry. I often can be found writing on one of my machines in downtown Blacksburg and enjoying a drink.
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You can mail me at Mark Petersen / PO Box 6683 / Christiansburg, VA 24068-6683
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