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1932 Merz Universal Serial # 58269 1932 Merz Universal typewriter, Serial # 58269 Mark Schrad's 1932 Merz Universal typewriter. 2023-03-07 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Schrad: 1932 Merz Universal Serial # 58269 I got this 1932 Merz Universal (3) from a fellow collector in Baltimore, MD, in February 2023. I've been working on it for a month now, since it is gummed-up worse than all but maybe 5 others typewriters I've had. I've flushed it out dozens and dozens of times, and yet congealed gunk still comes out. Maybe by May, the keys at the edges (Q, A ... +, Ö) will free up as much as the ones in the middle of the keyboard have. But good lord, what an interesting machine. As I said to a friend, it is like the Germans wanted to build a compact Royal 5 flatbed with a detachable, Underwood-style carriage, and put it all in a portable. Neat... but it still irks me that the feet aren't the lowest part of the machine.

1932 Merz Universal #58269

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mark Schrad (MLSchrad)
Created: 03-07-2023 at 07:25PM
Last Edit: 03-07-2023 at 07:26PM


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I got this 1932 Merz Universal (3) from a fellow collector in Baltimore, MD, in February 2023. I've been working on it for a month now, since it is gummed-up worse than all but maybe 5 others typewriters I've had. I've flushed it out dozens and dozens of times, and yet congealed gunk still comes out. Maybe by May, the keys at the edges (Q, A ... +, Ö) will free up as much as the ones in the middle of the keyboard have. But good lord, what an interesting machine. As I said to a friend, it is like the Germans wanted to build a compact Royal 5 flatbed with a detachable, Underwood-style carriage, and put it all in a portable. Neat... but it still irks me that the feet aren't the lowest part of the machine.

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Hunter: Mark Schrad (MLSchrad)

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