1913 L.C. Smith 5 #218604-5
Status: My Collection
Created: 01-04-2020 at 12:39PM
Last Edit: 01-04-2020 at 12:48PM
Literally plucked from the scrap metal pile at the garbage dump per the seller. This old girl will not win any beauty contests, but despite her many battle scars, she still works and only needs a ribbon. There is a large half circle opening along the bottom left of the frame base, which I initially thought was by design, but upon closer inspection, appears to have been the result of some type of impact. I think it is battle damage from WWI and, even though I have absolutely nothing to support this, it is what I'm going with!
Unique to this machine is the specialized index card platen and the Factory Rebuilt decal at the upper right front.
Hunter: Stephen Clancy (navyldolcdr)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Retired in June of 2015 and relocated from IL to NC (no more snow and cold but unfortunately, no more Portillo's Chicago dogs either). Missed my old manual typewriter and went on the hunt for a replacement. My first find was a 1920 Royal Model 10 (second design with the dual side glass) . Have always been very fond of typewriters, from the old portable that my mother used, to my first typing class in 1967, then on into the Navy where, as a Communications Yeoman, I worked on the AN/UGC-6 with the 28 ASR (automatic send receive) teletype machine as well as the IBM card punch machines in use at the time. I guess you can say that from 1967 onward, I have been typing on one machine or another, and now have started collecting as my little part in the preservation of the great machines of he past.
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