Serial #HHE - 6008677
This mis-stored and Ill-handled machine was my first desktop, which I thankfully got for free. After some futile attempts at repairing the broken springs, frozen typebars, busted frame, and solidified tabs, it officially became a parts machine for Brumfield & Sons Typewriter Company. And believe it or not, this looks better than it used to!
UPDATE: (9/3/14) I got this machine on October 18th 2013.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I've been hunting for typewriters since 2012, but I've loved them for long before that... about 2003. In the short amount of time in which I've started seriously collecting I've amassed a collection of over 65 machines (now specializing in Royals), one of which is parts. At the ripe old age of 20, to boot!
In November of 2013 I participated in National Novel Writing Month and hit a pretty decent 105,991 words; all written on manual machines. I think that this is a new record, but there isn't any official record keeping in the Typewriter Brigade.
I also run The Daily Clipper, which while admittedly abandoned for 2 years is back up and running, soon to bring you articles on all sorts of history. Scheming and planning a website on the same domain.
Those typebars used to be almost vertical. It took a month of constant Liquid-Wrench to get it /this/ far.
At first, the carriage wouldn't move an inch. And that looks better than it used to... A good deal of that rust came from the carriage, and a lot of what was there got removed! It looks like water was coming through the carriage and down into the body of the machine, causing this damage.
As you can see, the carriage's body panels are quite deceptive as to the extent of the damage… Only after the platen was removed (which I had no idea how to do so at the time) did the damage get hinted at.
Another interesting part (or more accurately the lack thereof) of this machine is the damage to the rear right corner. The leg & the frame it attaches to are long gone.
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