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1951 Tower Tabulator Serial # T 200142 1951 Tower Tabulator typewriter, Serial # T 200142 Richard Polt's 1951 Tower Tabulator typewriter. 2019-01-06 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Richard Polt: 1951 Tower Tabulator Serial # T 200142 Like most basket-shifted Underwood portables, this is a good-looking typewriter whose fit and finish are substandard.

When I got it, the p and a typeslugs were too low. Nothing to do about that, given my skills, except adjust the vertical printing point, using two difficult-to-access screws on the bottom of the machine. The tab rack was messed up -- the little metal pieces that hold the tab stops in place were displaced so they didn't work. Nothing to do about that except look for a replacement part. Finally, the machine was skipping. A counterclockwise turn of the screw indicated in the photo in the gallery fixed that problem.

Result: an acceptable, but only acceptable typer!

1951 Tower Tabulator #T 200142

Status: Sightings
Created: 07-01-2014 at 08:56AM
Last Edit: 01-06-2019 at 08:59PM


Description:

Like most basket-shifted Underwood portables, this is a good-looking typewriter whose fit and finish are substandard.

When I got it, the p and a typeslugs were too low. Nothing to do about that, given my skills, except adjust the vertical printing point, using two difficult-to-access screws on the bottom of the machine. The tab rack was messed up -- the little metal pieces that hold the tab stops in place were displaced so they didn't work. Nothing to do about that except look for a replacement part. Finally, the machine was skipping. A counterclockwise turn of the screw indicated in the photo in the gallery fixed that problem.

Result: an acceptable, but only acceptable typer!

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:

View of the back of the typewriter, with panel off. Turning this screw counterclockwise fixed the skipping problem. Get access to the retaining nut by slipping needlenose pliers through the bottom of the machine.
View of the back of the typewriter, with panel off. Turning this screw counterclockwise fixed the skipping problem. Get access to the retaining nut by slipping needlenose pliers through the bottom of the machine.

Hunter: Richard Polt (richardpolt)

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