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1893 Remington 5 Serial # 20390 1893 Remington 5 typewriter, Serial # 20390 Lynn Johansen's 1893 Remington 5 typewriter. 2021-05-17 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Lynn Johansen: 1893 Remington 5 Serial # 20390 Well this was an old catch at an antique mall in Wisconsin. I hesitated getting it because I’ve never even seen a blind writer in person much less worked on one. Turns out it is a bit of a challenge to get the escapement functional. The mechanism isn’t very sophisticated (see picture below) and the metal was chipped so wouldn’t catch on the rail. I turned one over so the chipped side was on the outside and that has helped some. The platen assembly lacks the paper holders so the paper isn’t held firmly. It looks like there are two small wheels that might hold rubber rings to grip the paper. I’ll try getting that in place and hope the paper will hold better. I had a leather strap that is serving as a carriage draw band. . I’m not sure if the spring can be wound tighter...not immediately seeing how that’s done. Mostly though, the problem with regular typing is getting the escapement to toggle regularly. Oh, and the ribbon seems original. Purple ink is still viable.

What’s most amazing is how clean it was. After scrubbing endlessly on a Royal flatbed recently, this one is remarkably clean in comparison. And the decals and paint are really spiffy.

If anyone has parts like the escapement metal or spare paper holders, I’d be interested. This is a nice unit that might have potential as a useable typewriter with a few tweaks.

1893 Remington 5 #20390

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Lynn Johansen (TEAPress)
Created: 05-17-2021 at 01:14AM
Last Edit: 05-17-2021 at 01:16AM


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Well this was an old catch at an antique mall in Wisconsin. I hesitated getting it because I’ve never even seen a blind writer in person much less worked on one. Turns out it is a bit of a challenge to get the escapement functional. The mechanism isn’t very sophisticated (see picture below) and the metal was chipped so wouldn’t catch on the rail. I turned one over so the chipped side was on the outside and that has helped some. The platen assembly lacks the paper holders so the paper isn’t held firmly. It looks like there are two small wheels that might hold rubber rings to grip the paper. I’ll try getting that in place and hope the paper will hold better. I had a leather strap that is serving as a carriage draw band. . I’m not sure if the spring can be wound tighter...not immediately seeing how that’s done. Mostly though, the problem with regular typing is getting the escapement to toggle regularly. Oh, and the ribbon seems original. Purple ink is still viable.

What’s most amazing is how clean it was. After scrubbing endlessly on a Royal flatbed recently, this one is remarkably clean in comparison. And the decals and paint are really spiffy.

If anyone has parts like the escapement metal or spare paper holders, I’d be interested. This is a nice unit that might have potential as a useable typewriter with a few tweaks.

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Hunter: Lynn Johansen (TEAPress)

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I have a passion for analog methods of putting words on paper. I own a letterpress shop that helps to fill this desire, but found typewriters also have a role in producing written materials with a value-added dimension. I'm drawn to working typewriters and renovate them as I am able. I'm pretty handy with things mechanical. Overall, I feel more like an enthusiast with a collection that will get used by design. I understand the temptation to buy them all, but I don't have a store to sell them in. I'm also no expert in repair, so it's a matter of finding the best typefaces and typing feel that helps me to get words on paper. Type on!



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