1899 Blickensderfer 7 #47692
Status: My Collection
Created: 03-28-2020 at 02:16PM
Last Edit: 04-01-2020 at 06:36AM
Fully functional Blickensderfer No. 7 that was most graciously gifted to me by Steve Oberman. This classic typewriter was owned by his father Theodor "Ted" Oberman , an optometrist whose practice was in Washington, D.C. Dr. Oberman purchased it in 1958 at an estate sale where a house located on Vermont Ave, N.W. in Washington D.C. was being demolished. Dr. Oberman, in addition to being an optometrist, was also an artist in welded metal sculpture and wildlife photography. He apparently never used the Blick as it was purchased more for it's artistic design rather than for everyday use. Steve's mother was the typist and author in the family and owned a number of machines to include a Royal KMM, IBM C, IBM Selectric, and SCM word processor.
Special thanks also to Charles E. Harlow III for thinking of me when he was talking to Steve about typewriters.
Never thought I would be presented with the opportunity to own a Blickensderfer which is my Holy Grail of typewriters.
Hunter: Stephen Clancy (navyldolcdr)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Retired in June of 2015 and relocated from IL to NC (no more snow and cold but unfortunately, no more Portillo's Chicago dogs either). Missed my old manual typewriter and went on the hunt for a replacement. My first find was a 1920 Royal Model 10 (second design with the dual side glass) . Have always been very fond of typewriters, from the old portable that my mother used, to my first typing class in 1967, then on into the Navy where, as a Communications Yeoman, I worked on the AN/UGC-6 with the 28 ASR (automatic send receive) teletype machine as well as the IBM card punch machines in use at the time. I guess you can say that from 1967 onward, I have been typing on one machine or another, and now have started collecting as my little part in the preservation of the great machines of he past.
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