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188X Caligraph 2 Serial # 32824 188X Caligraph 2 typewriter, Serial # 32824 Robert Walker's 188X Caligraph 2 typewriter. 2023-05-29 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Robert Walker: 188X Caligraph 2 Serial # 32824 My Caligraph No. 2 was purchased from a local private seller who had listed it on Facebook Marketplace. It was in nonworking condition. I got most, but not all, of the keys to work. I did a makeshift repair to the main spring, and fabricated keytops using resin and inkjet-printed key legends (see photos). A very unusual aspect of my Caligraph No. 2 is its double-QWERTY keyboard layout; it is the only one with such a layout on the Typewriter Database. Its serial number is 32824, placing it in the database between a machine recorded as being from 1887 and one recorded as being from 1891.

188X Caligraph 2 #32824

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Robert Walker (walker923)
Created: 05-29-2023 at 05:31AM
Last Edit: 05-29-2023 at 05:46AM


Description:

My Caligraph No. 2 was purchased from a local private seller who had listed it on Facebook Marketplace. It was in nonworking condition. I got most, but not all, of the keys to work. I did a makeshift repair to the main spring, and fabricated keytops using resin and inkjet-printed key legends (see photos). A very unusual aspect of my Caligraph No. 2 is its double-QWERTY keyboard layout; it is the only one with such a layout on the Typewriter Database. Its serial number is 32824, placing it in the database between a machine recorded as being from 1887 and one recorded as being from 1891.

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Very unusual double-QWERTY keyboard layout. I made the keytops using resin and paper key legends.
Very unusual double-QWERTY keyboard layout. I made the keytops using resin and paper key legends.

Makeshift main spring repair. Hopefully I can find a replacement sometime -- for now, this works.
Makeshift main spring repair. Hopefully I can find a replacement sometime -- for now, this works.







Hunter: Robert Walker (walker923)

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I bought my first typewriter in 1974 (a used 1940s Royal) as a college freshman English major, and my first new typewriter a couple of years later (a 197X Smith-Corona 2200) as my career goal settled into journalism. We used typewriters in newspaper work until the early 1980s, when computers took over the world of journalism. My typewriters went away, and my career evolved into public relations and marketing communications. As I grew older, I developed a nostalgic longing for a typewriter to reconnect with my early years. It got partially quenched a few years ago when my older sister gave me custody of her 1967 Olympia SM-9, which she received as a high school graduation present from our parents in 1969. But eventually I wanted something to reflect my personal typewriter past, so I obtained a 1946 Royal Quiet DeLuxe and a Smith-Corona 2200. That start in collecting led me into many estate sales and the mysteries of eBay/ Facebook Marketplace, where other treasures awaited discovery.



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