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1947 Imperial 55 Serial # 272773 1947 Imperial 55 typewriter, Serial # 272773 Geir Kihle Hanssen's 1947 Imperial 55 typewriter. 2021-04-19 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Geir Kihle Hanssen: 1947 Imperial 55 Serial # 272773 A near mint condition Imperial 55. It belonged to the father of an older lady I bought it from. It had been her father's business-machine and she had kept it as clean and well functioning as she could after he died. It last saw service in '78 as seen by the sticker on the back. Whether this was in her father's time or not I do not know, but whatever she had done to keep it nice she did well. It needed some good de-dusting in hard-to-reach places, and a key lever along with one of the space bar levers was bent. Once straightened out and some polishing on the key lever comb underneath the keyboard this machine types wonderfully. Decals are wonderfully preserved, as is the crincle paint on all edges and corners.

1947 Imperial 55 #272773

Status: My Collection
Created: 04-19-2021 at 07:34AM
Last Edit: 04-19-2021 at 09:35AM


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A near mint condition Imperial 55. It belonged to the father of an older lady I bought it from. It had been her father's business-machine and she had kept it as clean and well functioning as she could after he died. It last saw service in '78 as seen by the sticker on the back. Whether this was in her father's time or not I do not know, but whatever she had done to keep it nice she did well. It needed some good de-dusting in hard-to-reach places, and a key lever along with one of the space bar levers was bent. Once straightened out and some polishing on the key lever comb underneath the keyboard this machine types wonderfully. Decals are wonderfully preserved, as is the crincle paint on all edges and corners.

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Norwegian layout on keyboard with Æ, Ø, Å letters as well as Norwegian language on backspace, shift, tab, caps lock and margin release.
Norwegian layout on keyboard with Æ, Ø, Å letters as well as Norwegian language on backspace, shift, tab, caps lock and margin release.

Beautiful decals in great condition.
Beautiful decals in great condition.

Decals on the inside of spool covers.
Decals on the inside of spool covers.



Sticker documenting its last professional service performed in '78.
Sticker documenting its last professional service performed in '78.



Machines around these ages from Imperial are nicknamed "the service man's dream" because it comes apart extremely easily. All these parts are separated without a single screw unscrewed. Just latches.
Machines around these ages from Imperial are nicknamed "the service man's dream" because it comes apart extremely easily. All these parts are separated without a single screw unscrewed. Just latches.

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I am a Norwegian fellow who enjoys tinkering and fixing up typewriters. One day I decided I wanted a typewriter to write letters on. I bought one that turned out not to work. I got annoyed and decided I should be able to figure out what was wrong and fix it. I did it, but the rush of successfully mending such an intricate machine was like a drug. I wanted more. I decided I would try to buy non-functioning, but pretty machines, fix them and sell them before repeating the process. What I didn't expect was that I would fall in love with the machines I fix so now I suddenly find myself a bit of a collector.



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