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1904 Ideal A3 Serial # 13245 1904 Ideal A3 typewriter, Serial # 13245 Javier Vazquez del Olmo's 1904 Ideal A3 typewriter. 2019-07-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Javier Vazquez del Olmo: 1904 Ideal A3 Serial # 13245 When a door closes another one opens, that's what I try to tell myself when a typewriter escapes from my clutch. I was aiming at a Royal Bar Lock 2 when it flew away (or someone had more money in their pockets, dunno what happened exactly), so I looked elsewhere and there it was: this Ideal A3. Apparent good condition, wooden case (or pirate chest because of the size) and attractive price. Maybe seeing that Royal Bar Lock 2 go wasn't that bad...

And in fact this is a fairly good find. The A3 is not terribly rare, but I got it at a very competitive price compared to the predictable figures here in Spain. I managed to get it at around -30% the regular price, and semmingly at +50% the condition. The lettering on the case is a bit faded, but the case is in good condtion, the lock works and the typewriter itself has been well preserved. Quite a feat for this venerable machine, which predates my previous oldest typewriter (a 1910 Fox 23) by 6 years. I've needed 101 typewriters to push back the date of my earliest typewriter, so if this sets a trend I´ll get a 19th century typewriter when I reach the 300 typewriters mark.

At 115 years old it amazes me how well almost everything works in this beauty. I say ALMOST everything because sadly it can't type. Keys move, carriage moves, the weird return lever system works just fine... but the feed rollers are flat. I can't feed it paper, and I'm a bit worried about tinkering with it to replace them. I wish I could see this typewriter in action...

1904 Ideal A3 #13245

Status: My Collection
Created: 07-04-2019 at 07:38AM
Last Edit: 07-04-2019 at 07:46AM


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When a door closes another one opens, that's what I try to tell myself when a typewriter escapes from my clutch. I was aiming at a Royal Bar Lock 2 when it flew away (or someone had more money in their pockets, dunno what happened exactly), so I looked elsewhere and there it was: this Ideal A3. Apparent good condition, wooden case (or pirate chest because of the size) and attractive price. Maybe seeing that Royal Bar Lock 2 go wasn't that bad...

And in fact this is a fairly good find. The A3 is not terribly rare, but I got it at a very competitive price compared to the predictable figures here in Spain. I managed to get it at around -30% the regular price, and semmingly at +50% the condition. The lettering on the case is a bit faded, but the case is in good condtion, the lock works and the typewriter itself has been well preserved. Quite a feat for this venerable machine, which predates my previous oldest typewriter (a 1910 Fox 23) by 6 years. I've needed 101 typewriters to push back the date of my earliest typewriter, so if this sets a trend I´ll get a 19th century typewriter when I reach the 300 typewriters mark.

At 115 years old it amazes me how well almost everything works in this beauty. I say ALMOST everything because sadly it can't type. Keys move, carriage moves, the weird return lever system works just fine... but the feed rollers are flat. I can't feed it paper, and I'm a bit worried about tinkering with it to replace them. I wish I could see this typewriter in action...

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Carriage to the right. Note the return lever position...
Carriage to the right. Note the return lever position...

... and see where it's gone now. To the left!
... and see where it's gone now. To the left!




Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)

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The first typewriter I saw was my grandpa´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didn´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.

A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.



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