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1966 Adler J4 Serial # 3780057 1966 Adler J4 typewriter, Serial # 3780057 Paul Seitz's 1966 Adler J4 typewriter. 2019-09-06 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Paul Seitz: 1966 Adler J4 Serial # 3780057 I was very lucky to see this machine in a FB Marketplace ad and purchase it from the original owner. It's a great and solid typing machine in excellent shape. It types at least as well as my Olympias (SM3, SM7, SM9's) and my second series Hermes 3000. Although it has a plastic shell, that shell is thickly made and, consequently, is freer of scrapes and dents than any of my metal-shelled machines, making plastic (as executed here) seem a reasonable choice. Interestingly, this machine also stays in place when typing at least as well as any of my metal shell machines. And I love the font - Adler Esquire No. 88 - very similar to the Director font on my Hermes. The carrying case takes a little getting used to as its opening and closing seems counterintuitive to me, but it does function properly, including the release tabs that often fail on these cases. So, in the end, even the case serves very well.

1966 Adler J4 #3780057

Status: My Collection
Created: 09-05-2019 at 07:52PM
Last Edit: 09-06-2019 at 09:58AM


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I was very lucky to see this machine in a FB Marketplace ad and purchase it from the original owner. It's a great and solid typing machine in excellent shape. It types at least as well as my Olympias (SM3, SM7, SM9's) and my second series Hermes 3000. Although it has a plastic shell, that shell is thickly made and, consequently, is freer of scrapes and dents than any of my metal-shelled machines, making plastic (as executed here) seem a reasonable choice. Interestingly, this machine also stays in place when typing at least as well as any of my metal shell machines. And I love the font - Adler Esquire No. 88 - very similar to the Director font on my Hermes. The carrying case takes a little getting used to as its opening and closing seems counterintuitive to me, but it does function properly, including the release tabs that often fail on these cases. So, in the end, even the case serves very well.

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After too many rapid cross country moves, I realized suddenly that my c. 1964 Hermes 3000 was missing - lost or stolen at some point in a move. I'd bought that machine new from a shop as I entered high school, did all my homework on it, typed all my college research papers and my Master's thesis on it, but gradually used it less and less over the years. Still, the sudden realization that it was gone felt like a really significant loss, which puzzled me. Wondering why I was so moved by the loss of something I hadn't actually used in years, I began to get more and more interested in typewriters and the many layers of stories each seems to accumulate. I started to learn a little - just enough to have a chance to find some good machines that I can afford, as I gradually try to understand the (apparently, important) place of the typewriter in my soul.



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