1955 Remington Super-Riter #SJ287439
Status: My Collection
Created: 09-08-2018 at 06:58AM
Last Edit: 09-08-2018 at 07:31AM
I'd been looking at this machine for a number of weeks in the local antiques emporium, but initially overlooked it as just another bland desktop typewriter. However, having found a Remington Rand Model 5 a few weeks ago, I was more aware of the brand and decided to purchase it.
It was in fair condition, although very dirty inside with what seemed to be sawdust soaked in machine oil. However, it appeared to type well and the platen was in good condition so I decided to add this to my collection.
I was delighted to discover that this machine disassembles very easily with just a screwdriver, including the whole rear and carriage folding down to the rear (Remington Fold-A-Matic) absolutely amazing! I will have to post photos of this later.
After a good clean with a stiff paintbrush and a vacuum and a little light lubrication to help the odd sticking lever, all seemed OK until the keys started jamming. Closer inspection revealed a pencil type eraser deep in the heart of the works which was a bit of a devil to extract - how I'd missed that during cleaning, I do not know!
One of the 'unusual' Remington ribbon spools was in place, but the other is missing. The ribbon wraps around the missing spool spindle and winds on correctly, so this is something I'll address at a later date.
All in all, I'm very happy with my acquisition and although I wasn't looking for another desktop, it does look good next to my Imperial 58!
Hunter: Gary Wann (Ruyton)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Retired Air Traffic Controller. Got my first typewriter from Santa when I was about 8 years old and woke my parents up at 3am as I just had to try it out when I woke up! Have had an old Imperial 58 in the family for longer than I can remember. A computer geek, but I just love the mechanics of typewriters and have started to collect a few more to keep the Imperial company!
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