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1963 Tower Citation 88 Serial # 6AT149122 1963 Tower Citation 88 typewriter, Serial # 6AT149122 Christopher Bailey's 1963 Tower Citation 88 typewriter. 2023-12-27 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Christopher Bailey: 1963 Tower Citation 88 Serial # 6AT149122 Working except for a disengaged fraction key. In the type samples you may notice progressive changes in the alignment: I’ve never fiddled with the alignment of a typewriter before, and I’m gradually making careful adjustments.

1963 Tower Citation 88 #6AT149122

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Christopher Bailey (cbaile19)
Created: 12-27-2023 at 01:36PM
Last Edit: 12-27-2023 at 01:47PM


Description:

Working except for a disengaged fraction key. In the type samples you may notice progressive changes in the alignment: I’ve never fiddled with the alignment of a typewriter before, and I’m gradually making careful adjustments.

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As the manual says, “The serial is stamped in the inner surface of the machine frame just in front of the left ribbon spool cup.”
As the manual says, “The serial is stamped in the inner surface of the machine frame just in front of the left ribbon spool cup.”

This notice is stamped under the cover. “Always refer to the model number and the serial number in all communications concerning the machine,” says the manual.
This notice is stamped under the cover. “Always refer to the model number and the serial number in all communications concerning the machine,” says the manual.


Rear name decal.
Rear name decal.

The instruction manual is a large trifold.
The instruction manual is a large trifold.

This notice is stapled to the instruction manual.
This notice is stapled to the instruction manual.

Here is one of the pair of carriage-centering doodads inside the case, which take the place of the carriage-lock mechanism on earlier units.
Here is one of the pair of carriage-centering doodads inside the case, which take the place of the carriage-lock mechanism on earlier units.

The case is beautiful. It would have been worth the thrift-store price by itself even if the typewriter inside had been unusable.
The case is beautiful. It would have been worth the thrift-store price by itself even if the typewriter inside had been unusable.

If a typewriter can stand up to Cicero thundering denunciations at his enemies, you know it’s ready for hard work.
If a typewriter can stand up to Cicero thundering denunciations at his enemies, you know it’s ready for hard work.


Hunter: Christopher Bailey (cbaile19)

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I’m a writer who often writes with a typewriter to get away from the computer for a while. I think I became a typewriter collector when I bought my typewriters some industrial-grade wheeled steel shelving from a restaurant supply house. Before that I was just an accumulator, but now I’ve spent more on shelves than on all the typewriters put together. (They were all cheap.)

I have steel pens, too, which I also write with regularly. Both collections started at the same moment in 1990, at the liquidation of the head offices of the old G. C. Murphy five-and-dime chain, where I bought a Woodstock typewriter, two gross of Esterbrook Jackson Stub pens, and three bottles of Carter’s green ink.



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