1908 Pittsburg 11 #32343
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-02-2018 at 04:18PM
Last Edit: 10-20-2018 at 10:10PM
A descendant of the first fully-visible typewriter, the Daugherty. Like its other siblings, the type basket comes right out for easy changing of fonts or languages. This particular machine's serial matches that of its basket's. It also has its (quite dented) lid.
The No. 11 seems to have been made in two versions. Older 11's (like this one) have one lone Shift key on the left, one lone Shift Lock key on the right, no proper carriage return lever, and utilize the old "giant cog" escapement design of the No. 10 and predecessors. The newer No. 11 has a Shift key on both sides, a little Shift Lock on the left, a carriage return lever, and what appears to be a more compact escapement design. These improvements on later No. 11s became standard across the succeeding No. 12.
No typesample yet as this machine still has trouble typing; its typebasket sits a hair too high and can't release the escapement properly.
It's full proper model designation as printed on the machine is "Standard No. 11", but I left it as just "11" in the database for easier sorting.
Finally, it's worth noting that this machine apparently falls into a serial number black hole - the 1908 serial numbers are listed as "up to 30000", while the 1909 numbers start at 32500; this machine is number 32343 and doesn't qualify for either year!
UPDATE: 20181021: Won the beauty contest at Herman's 2018!
Hunter: Kyle Oelofse (SaladKing)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I inherited two Royal KMMs as a kid. Over a decade later I started actively collecting and repairing in 2015 shortly after discovering the existence of "weird" typewriters like the Blickensderfer and Hammond, and finding a destroyed Super Sterling to experiment on.
RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Pittsburg 11 on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Pittsburg Serial Number page and the Pittsburg 11 By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.