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1964 Unknown Allied 401 Serial # J-6537 1964 Unknown Allied 401 typewriter, Serial # J-6537 Dan Johnson's 1964 Unknown Allied 401 typewriter. 2014-06-04 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Dan Johnson: 1964 Unknown Allied 401 Serial # J-6537 This "toy" is a surprisingly good typer! It reminds me a lot of typing on an ASR-33 Teletype, which is one of the things that taught me the cadence necessary to type rapidly on other keyboards.

The typeface sample is with the original ribbon with 2-3 passes of overtyping to get it dark enough to read. Once it has a new ribbon, it should be quite a nice typewriter!

1964 Unknown Allied 401 #J-6537

Status: My Collection
Created: 03-29-2014 at 06:43AM
Last Edit: 06-04-2014 at 01:20PM


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This "toy" is a surprisingly good typer! It reminds me a lot of typing on an ASR-33 Teletype, which is one of the things that taught me the cadence necessary to type rapidly on other keyboards.

The typeface sample is with the original ribbon with 2-3 passes of overtyping to get it dark enough to read. Once it has a new ribbon, it should be quite a nice typewriter!

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Here is an advertisement that I found for this typewriter. This came from a newspaper dated December 14, 1966. This is how I determined the date of manufacture.
Here is an advertisement that I found for this typewriter. This came from a newspaper dated December 14, 1966. This is how I determined the date of manufacture.

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