1950 IBM Model 04 Executive #222215
Status: My Collection
Created: 03-04-2021 at 08:23PM
Last Edit: 03-04-2021 at 08:29PM
Another first on TWDB. This is the Executive variant of the Electromatic/IBM Model 01. The proportional model was announced in 1941, but only came out in 1944.
The first Executive was essentially a modified Model 01. You can see the big box in the back with the escapement, and the carbon ribbon attachments on the sides.
This instance appears to be a fairly late version of the design, from 1950 based on the serial. If correct, then this would have been made concurrently with the IBM Model A and Model A Executive.
This machine was initially working, but the capacitor melted after a while and needs replacement before the machine can operate again. In any case it will need some maintenance and cleaning, although it was owned by a collector previously and was in pretty good shape overall.
It weighs 45.6 lbs (vs. 39.2 lbs for my Electromatic). Think that this was shipped to me, and nothing broke, which is to show that you can ship typewriters safely if you do it right.
Hunter: Erik Bruchez (ebruchez)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I started collecting my first pre-WW2 standard typewriters in 2017. Since then I have added a few machines to my collection, which now ranges from the 1890s to the 1980s. As of 2020, I have more big standard (desktop) typewriters than portables, and a few standard electrics.
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