1973 Brother Activator 899 #H3193605
Status: My Collection
Created: 04-26-2019 at 03:36PM
Last Edit: 04-26-2019 at 05:03PM
I bought this very 70's-looking Brother Activator for $20. It is in very good shape and works great. It also came with all of the original documents, which is really interesting to see! It types surprisingly nice as well, although it definitely has a tinny sound to it.
Another interesting thing is that according to the Brother serial number "rules", this is a '73 model. According to the Brother serial number list on the site, this model was only believed to have been made in '72.
Hunter: Dallas Kirkpatrick (Kirkpatrick14)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a Typewriter Enthusiast from Saskatchewan, Canada!
I fell in love with typewriters around 2015, when I purchased my first (and favourite) typewriter; a mint condition, all original 1933 Imperial Good Companion. I bought it for $60 from a lady whose father used it in Vienna and North Africa during WWII. The stories connected to each machine always fascinate me, and finding old documentation or personal touches added over the years always intrigue me.
Some of my favorite machines to type are my '57 Smith-Corona Silent Super, and my '62 Olivetti Lettera.
Today, I love every aspect of typewriter hunting. I enjoy searching for good deals on specific models that interest me, doing a bunch of research about each typewriter that I get, and cleaning and using every machine that I can! I mostly prefer portables from the 20's to the late 60's.
Typewriters not currently in my collection that I would really like to have include a Hermes 2000/3000, and Olympia SM3.
RESEARCH NOTE: When researching the Brother Activator 899 on a computer with lots of screen real estate, you may find that launching the Brother Serial Number page and the Brother Activator 899 By Model/Year/Serial page in new browser windows can give you interesting perspectives on changes throughout the model series.