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1959 Cole Steel Portable Serial # 3-113764 1959 Cole Steel Portable typewriter, Serial # 3-113764 Mighty Jabba's 1959 Cole Steel Portable typewriter. 2023-06-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mighty Jabba: 1959 Cole Steel Portable Serial # 3-113764 I won this on eBay because I thought it had a cool design. Then I looked into this model and found out that it is kind of notorious for having escapement issues. When I got it, it seemed okay at first but it soon became apparent that the margin release was stuck down, so the line stop function did not work. Luckily, it was a relatively simple fix. I guess one of the linkages had gotten jarred out of position during shipping. Other than that, it has been fine, and is actually one of my favorite machines to type on, since it has a light and crisp touch.

I was a little surprised that this was from 1959, since it has a more modern keyboard with 1/! and =/+ keys, as well as a plastic carrying case. The body of the typewriter itself is metal, but the case bottom and lid are plastic. Since the body of the machine is pretty open, exposing the fragile escapement, I think it's probably best to leave it on the case bottom when using it, but that does make it seem a bit cheaper. The machine kind of snaps on to some metal posts in the case, but mine is missing one of them, so it's not a perfect fit.

My favorite bit of trivia about this machine is that you could get them as a set with a Cole Steel desk.

1959 Cole Steel Portable #3-113764

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mighty Jabba (MightyJabba)
Created: 06-04-2023 at 09:08AM
Last Edit: 06-04-2023 at 09:13AM


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I won this on eBay because I thought it had a cool design. Then I looked into this model and found out that it is kind of notorious for having escapement issues. When I got it, it seemed okay at first but it soon became apparent that the margin release was stuck down, so the line stop function did not work. Luckily, it was a relatively simple fix. I guess one of the linkages had gotten jarred out of position during shipping. Other than that, it has been fine, and is actually one of my favorite machines to type on, since it has a light and crisp touch.

I was a little surprised that this was from 1959, since it has a more modern keyboard with 1/! and =/+ keys, as well as a plastic carrying case. The body of the typewriter itself is metal, but the case bottom and lid are plastic. Since the body of the machine is pretty open, exposing the fragile escapement, I think it's probably best to leave it on the case bottom when using it, but that does make it seem a bit cheaper. The machine kind of snaps on to some metal posts in the case, but mine is missing one of them, so it's not a perfect fit.

My favorite bit of trivia about this machine is that you could get them as a set with a Cole Steel desk.

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