1968 Montgomery Ward Signature 440T #B8860433
Status: My Collection
Hunter: Ted Munk (munk)
Created: 09-27-2013 at 12:07PM
Last Edit: 11-25-2022 at 11:35AM
Amusingly, I found this second 440T that is exactly a month newer than my previous 440T. Identical except that it has an interesting Elite font that is somewhat less serif-heavy than the normal Brother typefaces. Say hello to "Thunderbird 2"!
I should note that while I very much like all Brother JP-1's, it's these plastic-shelled ones I prefer typing on for long spells. The action feels slightly more cushioned than the metal shelled ones, and reminds me of what I wish Olympia would have made their ultra-portables feel like. Additionally, the plastic shell gives it a much more pleasant and quieter typing sound, unlike the shrill tinny sound of the metal-shelled JP-1's.
The extended platen knobs of the 440T make for a machine that won't quite fit into cases that other JP-1's can fit in, and that's the one drawback of the machine - the oversized, ugly clamshell case it requires. On the plus side, the extended carriage knobs and fat carriage release lever make the carriage much easier and more pleasant to manipulate than is usually the case in an ultra-portable.
The carriage lock is Lettera 32 style and pokes out the left side of the carriage.
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Hunter: Ted Munk (munk)
I am a scoundrel without a cause, and my swank outshines the sun.
I am a casual Typewriter Hunter residing in the sweltering deserts of Arizona with a wife, three cats and about 50 typewriters. My main hunting ground is thrift stores, and I rarely pay more than $10 for a machine. My collection consists mainly of portables with cases, and they stay in the cases unless I am actively using it (usually more than one at a time). I do, however keep a handful of interesting Selectrics, including a Composer and a couple of large Nakajima Electronics to use as daisywheel printers for my vintage laptop collection.
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