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1964 Adler J3 Serial # 3475364 1964 Adler J3 typewriter, Serial # 3475364 Stephen Hanafin's 1964 Adler J3 typewriter. 2021-08-06 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Stephen Hanafin: 1964 Adler J3 Serial # 3475364 Acquired 2021-08-06

A recent pickup from eBay, with a very handsome Elite Cubic typeface, similar to Hermes' Techno. It needs a little cleaning and maintenance, but right out of the shipping box it feels great to type on, and the old ribbon that came with it, while tatty and not long for this world, still imprints just fine. Two of the feet from the bottom half of the case are missing, and I will probably replace all four them with self-adhesive rubber feet, as the two remaining are brittle and smooth, providing no grip. The mechanism for releasing/securing the typewriter from the case is suffering from aged rubber too, so I will also need to figure out how to fix that. The plastic shell of the typewriter itself has held up just fine over the past 57 years.

This is my first manual typewriter without a conventional pica/elite typeface, and I'm very pleased with it.

1964 Adler J3 #3475364

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Stephen Hanafin (st3ph3n)
Created: 08-06-2021 at 01:03PM
Last Edit: 08-06-2021 at 03:40PM


Description:

Acquired 2021-08-06

A recent pickup from eBay, with a very handsome Elite Cubic typeface, similar to Hermes' Techno. It needs a little cleaning and maintenance, but right out of the shipping box it feels great to type on, and the old ribbon that came with it, while tatty and not long for this world, still imprints just fine. Two of the feet from the bottom half of the case are missing, and I will probably replace all four them with self-adhesive rubber feet, as the two remaining are brittle and smooth, providing no grip. The mechanism for releasing/securing the typewriter from the case is suffering from aged rubber too, so I will also need to figure out how to fix that. The plastic shell of the typewriter itself has held up just fine over the past 57 years.

This is my first manual typewriter without a conventional pica/elite typeface, and I'm very pleased with it.

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That little metal lever sticking out from underneath the typewriter is the carriage lock switch.
That little metal lever sticking out from underneath the typewriter is the carriage lock switch.

The case.
The case.

The case. The two halves just come apart, there is no hinge.
The case. The two halves just come apart, there is no hinge.

Inside the case. That's a brush and rag clipped inside the top cover.. The bottom half of the case is missing two of its feet.
Inside the case. That's a brush and rag clipped inside the top cover.. The bottom half of the case is missing two of its feet.

Adler logo on the front of the machine.
Adler logo on the front of the machine.

Right hand side
Right hand side

Left hand side
Left hand side

Serial number, underneath the carriage on the left side.
Serial number, underneath the carriage on the left side.

Top down keyboard view. Margin release is the circular button to the left of Q. The +/- lever on the right is for setting and clearing tabs.
Top down keyboard view. Margin release is the circular button to the left of Q. The +/- lever on the right is for setting and clearing tabs.


Fold out paper rest. The part with the red markings slides out, similar to Olympia's system to give you an idea of when you're about to hit the end of your page.
Fold out paper rest. The part with the red markings slides out, similar to Olympia's system to give you an idea of when you're about to hit the end of your page.

Rear view - made in Western Germany sticker.
Rear view - made in Western Germany sticker.

A view of the segment
A view of the segment

Those glorious Ro87 Elite Cubic slugs
Those glorious Ro87 Elite Cubic slugs

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