1957 Groma Modell T #350148
Status: My Collection
Created: 12-31-2016 at 02:17PM
Last Edit: 12-31-2016 at 02:19PM
This model has a tabulator, hence Modell T, whereas Modell N does not. That it is carriage-shifted and not basket-shifted does not detract from the pleasure of typing with this well-engineered machine.
I particularly appreciate the large, hard-to-miss lever protruding from the right side that makes setting and clearing a tab feel as natural as returning the carriage. (And I'm grateful to have a QWERTY keyboard on this as well.)
This one does have a few issues: the paper finger runs into a mechanism that seems unnecessarily complex to keep it in vertical position, backspace doesn't function, and the carriage sometimes skips many spaces at once. Those should be readily rectified (I hope) with a good internal cleaning which has not yet happened. Otherwise, it should be well worth the effort to diagnose and fix.
Hunter: Dan Johnson (rdj)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I have always loved typewriters along with other kinds of well-engineered tools and devices such as slide rules, calculators (particular HP), radios, cameras (particularly Nikons), and microscopes. In addition to appreciating their intrinsic beauty and utility, they represent "things that need to be figured out to be understood". That's how I first learned about computers and programming in the 1970s, by figuring things out for myself. It's activity in which I never seem to tire of engaging.
Although communities have arisen around other collection interests, typewriters have the advantage that those who use them also typically enjoy communicating through words, whether those words are about the machines themselves or their lives, hopes, dreams, or expressions of beauty. There's much to be appreciated here.
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