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1905 Densmore 5 Serial # 39364 1905 Densmore 5 typewriter, Serial # 39364 Mark Schrad's 1905 Densmore 5 typewriter. 2022-08-22 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Schrad: 1905 Densmore 5 Serial # 39364 I found this 1905 Densmore 5 through an online ad for $35 (though I spent many times that just getting it), in October 2018. It was at a flea market in Gloucester Point, Virginia, which is in the so-called Middle Peninsula of Virginia, just north of Norfolk, which was about a five-hour drive from Philly in each direction in good traffic. But I was determined to get it, so I hopped in the van and drove to Virginia and back, stopping in Washington, DC on the way back to make a quick visit to the Library of Congress to do some book research. It was a very long day. I had heard great things about Densmores, and this one didn't disappoint. In fact, despite its awful condition and massive crack in the platen, it still typed! So it is currently undergoing a full tear-down, repaint, and restoration. Perhaps it'll be done by mid-2021, who knows?

[EDIT: It was NOT done by mid-2021. It is now late 2022, and is still not rebuilt.]

1905 Densmore 5 #39364

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mark Schrad (MLSchrad)
Created: 01-09-2021 at 07:50AM
Last Edit: 08-22-2022 at 09:36AM


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I found this 1905 Densmore 5 through an online ad for $35 (though I spent many times that just getting it), in October 2018. It was at a flea market in Gloucester Point, Virginia, which is in the so-called Middle Peninsula of Virginia, just north of Norfolk, which was about a five-hour drive from Philly in each direction in good traffic. But I was determined to get it, so I hopped in the van and drove to Virginia and back, stopping in Washington, DC on the way back to make a quick visit to the Library of Congress to do some book research. It was a very long day. I had heard great things about Densmores, and this one didn't disappoint. In fact, despite its awful condition and massive crack in the platen, it still typed! So it is currently undergoing a full tear-down, repaint, and restoration. Perhaps it'll be done by mid-2021, who knows?

[EDIT: It was NOT done by mid-2021. It is now late 2022, and is still not rebuilt.]

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Hunter: Mark Schrad (MLSchrad)

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