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1900 Smith Premier 4 Serial # 21460 1900 Smith Premier 4 typewriter, Serial # 21460 James Gifford's 1900 Smith Premier 4 typewriter. 2016-09-05 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1900 Smith Premier 4 Serial # 21460 I picked up this beauty from a gentleman who had once collected typewriters but who hadn't touched his machines for 40 years. He had also once been a typewriter repairman. This Smith Premier No. 4 is in incredible shape. My new friend had completely cleaned and oiled it. All it needs is a ribbon, which is on my (growing) list of projects. I picked up three other typewriters when I visited his house, an Oliver No. 9, an early Remington Portable, and a Hammond No. 12. (I think it's a 12, anyway.) More to come on those machines. Imagine typing on these seven banks, wooden upper- and lower-case keys flying under your fingertips. I've read that this typewriter would have come with a case, which has been lost to history. Perhaps one day I'll spot one at a garage sale.

1900 Smith Premier 4 #21460

Status: My Collection
Created: 09-04-2016 at 06:27PM
Last Edit: 09-05-2016 at 08:30AM


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I picked up this beauty from a gentleman who had once collected typewriters but who hadn't touched his machines for 40 years. He had also once been a typewriter repairman. This Smith Premier No. 4 is in incredible shape. My new friend had completely cleaned and oiled it. All it needs is a ribbon, which is on my (growing) list of projects. I picked up three other typewriters when I visited his house, an Oliver No. 9, an early Remington Portable, and a Hammond No. 12. (I think it's a 12, anyway.) More to come on those machines. Imagine typing on these seven banks, wooden upper- and lower-case keys flying under your fingertips. I've read that this typewriter would have come with a case, which has been lost to history. Perhaps one day I'll spot one at a garage sale.

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I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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