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1953 Torpedo 18b Serial # 689454 1953 Torpedo 18b typewriter, Serial # 689454 John Munroe's 1953 Torpedo 18b typewriter. 2017-11-12 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of John Munroe: 1953 Torpedo 18b Serial # 689454 "Pilgrim."

This fine 1953 Torpedo 18B was acquired for me by Eric Han in Tokyo. It types with a crisp, reliable action and has a basket shift. The typer is incredibly loud however. Tiny typeface is a bit blurry but not sure if this is due to overly inky ribbon, dirty slugs or my hamfisted bottom typing. Probably a bit of the first two and a lot of the latter two. Very heavy to carry, nice wooden case is primitive but sturdy with a snazzy clasp and handle. Pales beside later models in sumptuous styling of body and key tops, but a fine typer nonetheless.

Traded to Eric Han.

1953 Torpedo 18b #689454

Status: Sightings
Created: 10-20-2016 at 02:41AM
Last Edit: 11-12-2017 at 07:26AM


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"Pilgrim."

This fine 1953 Torpedo 18B was acquired for me by Eric Han in Tokyo. It types with a crisp, reliable action and has a basket shift. The typer is incredibly loud however. Tiny typeface is a bit blurry but not sure if this is due to overly inky ribbon, dirty slugs or my hamfisted bottom typing. Probably a bit of the first two and a lot of the latter two. Very heavy to carry, nice wooden case is primitive but sturdy with a snazzy clasp and handle. Pales beside later models in sumptuous styling of body and key tops, but a fine typer nonetheless.

Traded to Eric Han.

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From Toronto Canada. Tokyo-based entrepreneur since 1998 and meditation teacher since 2000. Learned to type in Grade 9 following mind-altering lunches and still experience flashbacks while typing. Mother did shorthand and typed 90 wpm as stenographer, dad pecked out haiku on his old typewriter as long as I remember. Moved to thermal printing, 8-character display CanoWord Pen 24 in 1986 when my typewriter broke, then to FujiXerox, Mac and iPhone. Bought my first typewriter of the new millennium (a Lettera 32) in March 2015. Muscle memory has graduated to neural reboot--every moment at the typewriter brings back fresh memories of type-happy childhood and visions of literary grandeur. Use typewriter for inspiration/rough drafts and computer/iPhone (Scrivener/Evernote) for polishing.



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