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1962 Facit T2 Serial # T2-260833 1962 Facit T2 typewriter, Serial # T2-260833 Hans Boersma's 1962 Facit T2 typewriter. 2020-09-01 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Hans Boersma: 1962 Facit T2 Serial # T2-260833 Made by Facit AB in Svängsta, Sweden.

Dutch keyboard (qwerty), half-spacing, five line-spacing settings, keyboard touch regulator, three-colour ribbon selector, keyset and pre-set tabulator, typebar unblocking key, paper support with scale. Weight: 15,2 kg.

The typeface, ten-pitch, was called Pica Esquire by Facit. The typeslugs are marked with the AR monogram (Albert Rodrian) of the German RaRo type foundry, and the number 88. In the RaRo catalogue of 1980 it is called Elite-Schatten "Bruxelles" Ro 88.

The T2 was introduced in 1959, and in terms of aesthetics it appears to have been some ten to twenty years ahead of the competition. The exterior was designed by Sigvard Bernadotte, who was not only an industrial designer but also of Swedish royalty and a true to life great-grandson of Queen Victoria of Great Britain.

Noteworthy is the carriage, which runs very smoothly with its rod riding in a tube with ball bearings. Also unusual, to me anyway, is that the entire escapement and ribbon vibrator mechanisms are attached to the carriage. This has the minor disadvantage that the ink ribbon must be unbuckled before the carriage can be dismounted, but the larger advantage of having easy access to the escapement for maintenance. It also allows you to see up close exactly how the escapement interacts with the carriage rack. Once the ribbon is out of the way dismounting and remounting the carriage is a breeze, as there are no cogs that need to reconnect.

The tabulator is also a bit special, having both fixed and free stops, between which one can choose by operating the levers on both ends of the carriage.

The T2 sits on a thick rubber base pad fitted to its four rubber feet, which ensures that the machine will not waver during even the most animated typing barrages; it also prevents any spilled correction fluid or eraser macaroni to ruin your expensive mahogany desk.

The springiness of the keys has an addictive quality, but they do require a slightly more determined stroke.

The previous user was a wholesale textile trader in Amsterdam who used it in his home office in the 1970s and 80s. The machine appears to have seen some extensive use but it has been well preserved: all it needed was a bit of cleaning and light lubrication here and there.

Hans Boersma

1962 Facit T2 #T2-260833

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Hans Boersma (Java68)
Created: 09-26-2017 at 02:11AM
Last Edit: 09-01-2020 at 04:24AM


Description:

Made by Facit AB in Svängsta, Sweden.

Dutch keyboard (qwerty), half-spacing, five line-spacing settings, keyboard touch regulator, three-colour ribbon selector, keyset and pre-set tabulator, typebar unblocking key, paper support with scale. Weight: 15,2 kg.

The typeface, ten-pitch, was called Pica Esquire by Facit. The typeslugs are marked with the AR monogram (Albert Rodrian) of the German RaRo type foundry, and the number 88. In the RaRo catalogue of 1980 it is called Elite-Schatten "Bruxelles" Ro 88.

The T2 was introduced in 1959, and in terms of aesthetics it appears to have been some ten to twenty years ahead of the competition. The exterior was designed by Sigvard Bernadotte, who was not only an industrial designer but also of Swedish royalty and a true to life great-grandson of Queen Victoria of Great Britain.

Noteworthy is the carriage, which runs very smoothly with its rod riding in a tube with ball bearings. Also unusual, to me anyway, is that the entire escapement and ribbon vibrator mechanisms are attached to the carriage. This has the minor disadvantage that the ink ribbon must be unbuckled before the carriage can be dismounted, but the larger advantage of having easy access to the escapement for maintenance. It also allows you to see up close exactly how the escapement interacts with the carriage rack. Once the ribbon is out of the way dismounting and remounting the carriage is a breeze, as there are no cogs that need to reconnect.

The tabulator is also a bit special, having both fixed and free stops, between which one can choose by operating the levers on both ends of the carriage.

The T2 sits on a thick rubber base pad fitted to its four rubber feet, which ensures that the machine will not waver during even the most animated typing barrages; it also prevents any spilled correction fluid or eraser macaroni to ruin your expensive mahogany desk.

The springiness of the keys has an addictive quality, but they do require a slightly more determined stroke.

The previous user was a wholesale textile trader in Amsterdam who used it in his home office in the 1970s and 80s. The machine appears to have seen some extensive use but it has been well preserved: all it needed was a bit of cleaning and light lubrication here and there.

Hans Boersma

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The two clips at the bottom of the machine release and lock the carriage to the main body
The two clips at the bottom of the machine release and lock the carriage to the main body



The lever switch on the lower left hand side of the carriage operates the keyset tabulator; the one on the other end of the carriage activates the pre-set tabulator stops and clears all stops
The lever switch on the lower left hand side of the carriage operates the keyset tabulator; the one on the other end of the carriage activates the pre-set tabulator stops and clears all stops


T2-260833
T2-260833

The escapement and ribbon vibrator mechanism, attached to the carriage (dismounted)
The escapement and ribbon vibrator mechanism, attached to the carriage (dismounted)




This T2 was sold by Blikman & Sartorius, Amsterdam
This T2 was sold by Blikman & Sartorius, Amsterdam

Facit dubbed the colour of this machine "viking grey" — to me it's "Van Gend & Loos grey"
Facit dubbed the colour of this machine "viking grey" — to me it's "Van Gend & Loos grey"

The typebar unblocking key
The typebar unblocking key



(oztypewriter.blogspot)
(oztypewriter.blogspot)


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