1933 Remington Compact Portable #EC44308
Hunter: Dimitris Nikou (dimnikou)
Created: 09-06-2020 at 01:40PM
Last Edit: 06-13-2021 at 11:03PM
Typewriter #10, a British made Remington Compact Portable manufactured in 1933. Found at a flea market in very bad condition.
When I saw this typewriter in this condition, I felt bad. Very rusty, very dirty, really distressed. The seller was asking for 50 Euros but I was very persistent, given the condition and appearance of it, and she eventually accepted my 25 Euros offer. I could not resist this typewriter, with the beautiful smile that the typebar design is creating on it, with the ribbon spools being the eyes. First thing I looked for, was the serial number which was not easy to locate under all this rust and dirt - you can see it in the last picture. When I found it, I was able to identify the model, because the original decal on the right of the frame is gone. The keys are looking beautiful, although rust is hidden on their dark side. Notice there are three keys with a different color, maybe changed and added some time later by a past user.
I had to replace the draw cord to make the carriage advance, after dismantle and good clean the line spacing and carriage lock also function well, the back space button works and I can now hear the nice sound of the bell again. On the body I could not save the part of the Remington logo that was visible before, I decided to paint everything. I took a writing sample using carbon paper, just for the fun and satisfaction of it. Still has rust inside of it, but at least it is in much better condition now. First and last photo is how the machine looks now, after all the work I did. All other pictures are showing the machine as I found it.
UPDATE 14/6/2021: Machine was sold to another antique collector who wanted it just for display with other antique items.
Hunter: Dimitris Nikou (dimnikou)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Writer and blogger from Athens, Greece. I currently own 13 typewriters, dated from 1913 (my oldest one, a Remington Standard 10) up to the late 70's. Most of my machines are functionable and I try to repair any with problems that keeps it from typing. For me, it is important for a typewriter not just to sit on a shelve for display, but also to be able to type when I want to.
On the links below you will find my blogs and social media profiles. Feel free to follow me and get in touch if you want. I am always happy to communicate :)
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