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1949 Imperial Model 60 Serial # 6A01949 1949 Imperial Model 60 typewriter, Serial # 6A01949 James Gifford's 1949 Imperial Model 60 typewriter. 2016-12-10 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1949 Imperial Model 60 Serial # 6A01949 I found this beauty while lurking online. A woman in a nearby city was looking to sell it to someone who would care for it, and she found the right person. This Imperial Model 60 in excellent cosmetic shape, with crisp decals. Some keys stick, and it clearly needs a new ribbon, but otherwise this machine will stand proudly on my desk. I've yet to try out what I understand is a unique feature of these Imperials, the interchangeable keyboard-typebasket. Overall, it reminds me very much of the Royal KMMs of the same period, mainly in the keys, but the decal that says that Imperial is the "Typewriter Manufacturers to the Late King George V" sets it apart, as does the coincidence that my paternal grandfather's family came to Canada from Leicester in the early 1830s; this typewriter would follow over a century later.

1949 Imperial Model 60 #6A01949

Status: My Collection
Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)
Created: 12-10-2016 at 03:42PM
Last Edit: 12-10-2016 at 03:46PM


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I found this beauty while lurking online. A woman in a nearby city was looking to sell it to someone who would care for it, and she found the right person. This Imperial Model 60 in excellent cosmetic shape, with crisp decals. Some keys stick, and it clearly needs a new ribbon, but otherwise this machine will stand proudly on my desk. I've yet to try out what I understand is a unique feature of these Imperials, the interchangeable keyboard-typebasket. Overall, it reminds me very much of the Royal KMMs of the same period, mainly in the keys, but the decal that says that Imperial is the "Typewriter Manufacturers to the Late King George V" sets it apart, as does the coincidence that my paternal grandfather's family came to Canada from Leicester in the early 1830s; this typewriter would follow over a century later.

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The serial number is on the left upper frame under the platen knob.
The serial number is on the left upper frame under the platen knob.

Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)

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I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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