1907 The Empire 1 #33754
Status: My Collection
Created: 09-27-2019 at 08:18AM
Last Edit: 09-27-2019 at 08:20AM
Mixed feeling about this oldie.
First the bad news: I seriously doubt this contraption will type again. Too many things are damaged: the platen (cracked), the feed roller (corroded / mutated into something horrid), the caps system (jammed, even missing pieces there), some severely rusted parts... Too many open fronts. In addition, the seller was mistaken about the real condition of the typewriter. He was deceived by the apparent good working of the machine because all the keys and typebars move, the carriage advances happily and the "Empire" decal is fairly well preserved. Even the bell makes a nice "ding!" at the end of the line.
Then the good news: I can't feel bad about such an old typewriter. Even if it won't type again there's a good spot for it at home. Besides, looking at the s/n (which was covered by a thick layer of sh- I mean, dirt), this is an OLD one. Everything over the century mark is welcome. Thing is I have doubts about my dating. According to the TWDB, this thingy got out of the production line around 1907, but by looking deeper I'm confused about the Empire / THE empire issue. Are Empire and THE Empire one and the same? Is this a rebranded Adler 7? For starters it's noticeably lighter than the Adler 7, and several pieces look wildly different. but at the same time, the Empire page here says it's a German licensed product, therefore being probably an Adler 7. But then again Martin Howard gives a different verion in his website (see links). So, what am I looking at? An original model or a licensed one?
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´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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