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1961 Optima Humber 88 Serial # 1958776 1961 Optima Humber 88 typewriter, Serial # 1958776 James Gifford's 1961 Optima Humber 88 typewriter. 2017-12-29 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1961 Optima Humber 88 Serial # 1958776 I had some trouble dating this machine (it could be all the Christmas cheer) and am going with 1961, as another Humber 88 listed here is a '61 and is only 746 away on the serial number. I had another Optima in brown with maroon keys and stupidly sold it so I could buy another machine, but this green Optima redeems me. Sold by Golding Business Machines Ltd. of Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario.

Updated: I found the manual (for an Optima Humber 99) tucked away inside the case and have added photos. The photos suck. I haven't been able to figure out how to manipulate photos since Windows updated on my computer recently.

1961 Optima Humber 88 #1958776

Status: My Collection
Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)
Created: 12-28-2017 at 01:45PM
Last Edit: 12-29-2017 at 02:44PM


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I had some trouble dating this machine (it could be all the Christmas cheer) and am going with 1961, as another Humber 88 listed here is a '61 and is only 746 away on the serial number. I had another Optima in brown with maroon keys and stupidly sold it so I could buy another machine, but this green Optima redeems me. Sold by Golding Business Machines Ltd. of Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario.

Updated: I found the manual (for an Optima Humber 99) tucked away inside the case and have added photos. The photos suck. I haven't been able to figure out how to manipulate photos since Windows updated on my computer recently.

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Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)

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I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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