1937 Urania Klein-Urania #171116
Status: My Collection
Created: 05-13-2019 at 07:18PM
Last Edit: 05-13-2019 at 07:22PM
The Urania portable is not one of the prettiest typewriters ever manufactured; but it is one of the most fascinatingly designed machines of the era. For one, the segment and typebars are the exact same as you would encounter in the full-size standard Urania typewriters built at the same time. Therefore, the segment is larger than you would find in an Underwood #5, larger than the one in a Remington 12, and generally out of proportion to the rest of the typewriter. But: It is small. The machine is an inch narrower but an inch taller than a Royal P, with a large curved fascia wrapping around the spools and forming a ledge over the rest of the bodywork. In typical pioneering fashion, the shell is cast from a Silicon-Aluminum alloy favoured for making both engine parts and in aeronautic applications. The action is peculiar, with the keylevers pivoting in the centre of the machine; they are actually only half the depth of the typewriter. They pivot and move only one intermediate link in a push motion rather than a pull; the feel is crisp but springy, and due to the throw of the action the machine is difficult to jam. Other peculiarities include a right-hand return lever, and a carriage balanced and engineered to be so light that there are many segment shift machines which require more effort to use. From a servicing standpoint, it is also brilliantly simple to access and make appropriate repairs and adjustments. Thanks to all these factors, from style & feel through ease of maintenance, the Klein-Urania takes it as my #1 pick in the portable classification of typewriters.
Hunter: Plante and Doole-Fisher Typewriters (venneburgtypewriters)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
This gallery represents the machines owned by good friends Dirk Plante and Sean Doole, who reside in British Columbia, Canada. Together they have established Venneburg Typewriters, a partnership that to date has seen over 400 typewriters since 2009. Here you will find the machines that are currently still in possession or that have come and gone since December 2017.
RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Urania Klein-Urania on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Urania Serial Number page and the Urania Klein-Urania By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.