1939 Remington Noiseless Portable Deluxe #ND 176413
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-13-2013 at 07:56AM
Last Edit: 06-01-2015 at 09:53PM
This typewriter even smells good. I like everything about it, but was most attracted to the shiny ribbon spool knobs. Everything is shiny - no corrosion; it would appear new except for the odor, a hint of mustiness but mostly the wood, glue, and leather odors absorbed from resting quietly in its case for decades. I love the touches of art deco - like the parallel chromed stripes on the paper guide.
It was a bit of a shock first typing with it. Even though I pretty much understood the concept of the noiseless linkage design, where one's finger tap takes the keys almost - but not quite - all the way to the platten, where the inertia of a mass takes over to make the final impression, the initial feeling is that you have to pound on them. But once used to that feeling it is pleasant to use, and types very evenly.
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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