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1948 Remington Portable 5 DeLuxe

Serial #B1679624

After seeing[1] the spool covers that evidently belong with this model (or perhaps a slight variant of it), I got around to measuring these smaller-than-standard ribbon spools.

[1] http://typewriterdatabase.com/1947-remington-rand-de-luxe-model-5.2477.typewriter

This one was a bit of a gamble – that paid off.

This typewriter arrived in superb shape: clean and complete with smooth operation. What surprised me in addition to its fine condition was its 6-pitch (6 cpi) typeface. The glyphs, including descenders, barely fit within ¼"!

(The line at the bottom of the typeface specimen is from an Olympia SM3 with a Pica typeface for comparison.)

Its ribbon spools are smaller than standard (approximately 1⅝" or 4 cm), so I am quite glad that both of them are present.

Another De Luxe Model 5[1] on this site has spool covers! That's one of the wonderful things about this database: it's a great source of ideas for locating or perhaps fabricating "missing parts". You can't do that if you don't know they exist!

Late addition: I learned from the delightful Claudia Tan that this typeface has a name: "Magnatype"[2]!

[1] http://typewriterdatabase.com/1947-remington-rand-de-luxe-model-5.2477.typewriter

[2] http://www.jacobgarchik.com/rem.html

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I have always loved typewriters along with other kinds of well-engineered tools and devices such as slide rules, calculators (particular HP), radios, cameras (particularly Nikons), and microscopes. In addition to appreciating their intrinsic beauty and utility, they represent "things that need to be figured out to be understood". That's how I first learned about computers and programming in the 1970s, by figuring things out for myself. It's activity in which I never seem to tire of engaging.

Although communities have arisen around other collection interests, typewriters have the advantage that those who use them also typically enjoy communicating through words, whether those words are about the machines themselves or their lives, hopes, dreams, or expressions of beauty. There's much to be appreciated here.

1948 Remington Portable 5 DeLuxe Type Sample

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1948 Remington Portable 5 DeLuxe Photo Gallery

Here are several angles on the unusual carriage-return lever.

As this is an unusual (to me) typeface, it makes sense to include a picture of the type bars. It may be worthwhile going back and adding similar pictures for my other typewriters. (Given that most people do not include sample type in their ads on the 'net, learning how to discern the typeface and pitch from a picture seems a worthwhile skill to develop. Perhaps I should switch from iPhone to my Nikon with its macro lens, however, for these at least.)

After seeing[1] the spool covers that evidently belong with this model (or perhaps a slight variant of it), I got around to measuring these smaller-than-standard ribbon spools. [1] http://typewriterdatabase.com/1947-remington-rand-de-luxe-model-5.2477.typewriter

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