1960 Cole Steel Portable #3-139080
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-28-2020 at 11:44AM
Last Edit: 06-28-2020 at 12:57PM
This is my favorite typewriter to type on and my least favorite to work on. The typing action is berautifully slick, snappy, and precise. I reallly like the unique styling details too. However, I took the bottom off to clean it, and then it took me two days to put it back together. The way the bottom and the feet attach is clever and effective from a vibration-dampening perspective, but not from a service- and maintenance-friendly one, to put it nicely. :)
Hunter: Brian Goode (vinylspin)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a retro post-punk meta-hipster, bassist, raconteur, techno-archivist, humorist, optimist, bon vivant and a fan of vinyl records, early 80's Japanese hi-fi gear, photography and obsolete but useful machines of all kinds. I am the proud owner of a 1970 Hermes 3000 and a 1940's Remington Rand typing desk.
I also created a typewriter image "filter" (see my avatar). It's written in Python and generates 65-character-wide images using over 1700 actual red-and-black-ribbon'd samples from my typewriter, meaning I could actually type them out myself on an 8 1/2" wide sheet of paper with 1" margins.
My dog Koa and I live in Buckeye, AZ.
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