1926 Torpedo 12 #826
Status: My Collection
Created: 01-12-2019 at 10:32PM
Last Edit: 01-12-2019 at 10:32PM
A tight little typer, basic but a pleasure to work with for its crisp castings and machining. I like the touches of handwork shown in the photo of the hand-stamped serial number. I wonder how the worker whe peened that rivet faired in the decades to come. I spent a few pleasant hours polishing the nickel plated key rims with a Dremmel polishing kit, added tiny drops of oil on the end of a small flat-blade, and waxed the body. I like the wear on the space bar - evidence of considerable use. Despite that the machine came to me fairly clean and needed no adjustments to type with no issues. I put it to work immediately to make another recipe card.
Hunter: Anthony Mindling (tmindling)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Almost at the same instant that the idea occurred to me of how much fun it might be for my children (7) and grandchildren (13) to get letters - real letters in the mail - i went digging through the dusty nether regions of our storage area to pull out my beloved 1957 Olympia SM3 Portable and the old Royal 10 I'd rescued from a neighbor's garbage can in the 1960's. Refurbishing them triggered a typewriter obsession. Don't tell my wife, but i believe there are now about 20 of them.
I love their looks, their intricate and precise mechanisms, and dinking around in the workshop tuning them up and bringing them back to life. i also, unfortunately, love the thrill of the hunt on eBay. But all of them are put to use for correspondence and my new hobby of decorated art letters. And sometimes they even inspire a bit of poetry.
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