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1919 Hammond Multiplex Serial # AL 201257 1919 Hammond Multiplex typewriter, Serial # AL 201257 Erik Bruchez's 1919 Hammond Multiplex typewriter. 2019-01-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Erik Bruchez: 1919 Hammond Multiplex Serial # AL 201257 Just in time for Christmas, I found this 1919 Hammond Multiplex Portable - my first Hammond :)

The machine is not yet functional but it is in great shape, protected by its original case.

I learned that you need a rubber "impression strip" to make those work properly (somebody sells those on eBay). There is no cylindrical platen like on most typewriters, so the strip acts as a platen, damping the impact of the hammer which strikes from behind the paper.

Also, the "anvil" (the round wheel) can hold two separate types (fonts). You can switch quickly between one the other by rotating the anvil. You can also easily pull out and swap types.

I consider myself very lucky to have found it and for a really, really good price. The lady who was selling it was really nice and had it (and two other typewriters which I bought too!) from her late husband. Now I fear that I will be interested in older Hammonds ;)

1919 Hammond Multiplex #AL 201257

Status: My Collection
Created: 01-04-2019 at 10:21PM
Last Edit: 01-04-2019 at 10:24PM


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Just in time for Christmas, I found this 1919 Hammond Multiplex Portable - my first Hammond :)

The machine is not yet functional but it is in great shape, protected by its original case.

I learned that you need a rubber "impression strip" to make those work properly (somebody sells those on eBay). There is no cylindrical platen like on most typewriters, so the strip acts as a platen, damping the impact of the hammer which strikes from behind the paper.

Also, the "anvil" (the round wheel) can hold two separate types (fonts). You can switch quickly between one the other by rotating the anvil. You can also easily pull out and swap types.

I consider myself very lucky to have found it and for a really, really good price. The lady who was selling it was really nice and had it (and two other typewriters which I bought too!) from her late husband. Now I fear that I will be interested in older Hammonds ;)

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I started collecting my first pre-WW2 standard typewriters in 2017. Since then I have added a few machines to my collection, which now ranges from the 1890s to the 1970s. As of April 2019, I have more big standard (desktop) typewriters than portables, and a few standard electrics.



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