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1908 Hammond 2 Serial # 64209 1908 Hammond 2 typewriter, Serial # 64209 James Gifford's 1908 Hammond 2 typewriter. 2016-09-05 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1908 Hammond 2 Serial # 64209 I picked this up from a former typewriter repairman who had it tucked in a cupboard for four decades. I have left the model name and year empty above because I'm not sure if this is a late No. 2 or a No. 12. The serial # is 64209. My research suggests that some 12s look almost identical to the 2s, and I'm unable to distinguish the two. If I had to guess, I'd say it's a late No. 2 with a universal keyboard that dates to 1908. As always, any help would be appreciated! The seller showed me how it works, and had the turret and shuttle working perfectly, but I'll leave it be until I've done more reading about it.

1908 Hammond 2 #64209

Status: My Collection
Created: 09-05-2016 at 10:21AM
Last Edit: 09-05-2016 at 08:23PM


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I picked this up from a former typewriter repairman who had it tucked in a cupboard for four decades. I have left the model name and year empty above because I'm not sure if this is a late No. 2 or a No. 12. The serial # is 64209. My research suggests that some 12s look almost identical to the 2s, and I'm unable to distinguish the two. If I had to guess, I'd say it's a late No. 2 with a universal keyboard that dates to 1908. As always, any help would be appreciated! The seller showed me how it works, and had the turret and shuttle working perfectly, but I'll leave it be until I've done more reading about it.

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The seller (or someone before him) had put tape on the back of the case. I don't think they did this to repair it, as the case seems to hold together without it, but perhaps to reinforce it. The case has a wood veneer glued to a very thin piece of . . . arborite? compressed wood? . . . likely so that they could bend the case to the shape of the typewriter. If you didn't know this was a typewriter case, you'd think it housed a musical instrument.
The seller (or someone before him) had put tape on the back of the case. I don't think they did this to repair it, as the case seems to hold together without it, but perhaps to reinforce it. The case has a wood veneer glued to a very thin piece of . . . arborite? compressed wood? . . . likely so that they could bend the case to the shape of the typewriter. If you didn't know this was a typewriter case, you'd think it housed a musical instrument.


A crescent-shaped latch (not shown) hooks around this half-moon catch. It doesn't secure the typewriter in place very well, but it sure is beautiful.
A crescent-shaped latch (not shown) hooks around this half-moon catch. It doesn't secure the typewriter in place very well, but it sure is beautiful.

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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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