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1976 Montgomery Ward Escort 350 Serial # F6357740 1976 Montgomery Ward Escort 350 typewriter, Serial # F6357740 Patrick Jamieson's 1976 Montgomery Ward Escort 350 typewriter. 2022-06-03 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Patrick Jamieson: 1976 Montgomery Ward Escort 350 Serial # F6357740 1976 Brother JP-7, branded as Escort 350, and sold by Montgomery Ward. The Escort 350 is Montgomery Ward's 10"-carriage version of the JP-7. (The Escort 550 is nearly identical, but with a 12"-carriage and a larger carrying case.) Reportedly, the JP-7 was the first Brother manual portable with basket shift. It was manufactured for 10 years, beginning in 1975. This early version (the serial number indicates it was manufactured in June 1976) does not include the repeat spacebar found in later models. My six-year-old grandson, Jaxon, added a sticker he made with the alphabet above the model badge. This is his favorite, take-everywhere typewriter. He says he will be learning to read next year, and then he will be able to type stories all by himself.

1976 Montgomery Ward Escort 350 #F6357740

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Patrick Jamieson (pjamieson)
Created: 03-19-2022 at 11:29AM
Last Edit: 06-03-2022 at 08:45PM


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1976 Brother JP-7, branded as Escort 350, and sold by Montgomery Ward. The Escort 350 is Montgomery Ward's 10"-carriage version of the JP-7. (The Escort 550 is nearly identical, but with a 12"-carriage and a larger carrying case.) Reportedly, the JP-7 was the first Brother manual portable with basket shift. It was manufactured for 10 years, beginning in 1975. This early version (the serial number indicates it was manufactured in June 1976) does not include the repeat spacebar found in later models. My six-year-old grandson, Jaxon, added a sticker he made with the alphabet above the model badge. This is his favorite, take-everywhere typewriter. He says he will be learning to read next year, and then he will be able to type stories all by himself.

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Hunter: Patrick Jamieson (pjamieson)

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I'm a semi-retired software/web developer with a now eight-year-old grandson, Jaxon, who is crazy about typewriters. In late 2021, at age six, Jaxon got a Montgomery Ward Escort 350 portable from Goodwill that absolutely fascinated him. He still takes it everywhere, and remains especially pleased that it has a key for the number one. He considers his Escort to be our best typer, but I think that honor goes to our second generation 1969 Hermes 3000. Jaxon's got me hooked, and now--between us--we have a growing collection of writing machines. Together, we've set up and equipped a small workshop area and, whenever we get the chance, we clean and perform minor repairs on our typewriters. Now that Jaxon's reading and writing skills are steadily improving, he rarely needs anyone to tell him how to spell the words he wants to type.

Newer to typewriter collecting than Jaxon, I am particularly interested in ultraportables and portables, and have developed a special fondness for Gossen, Hermes, and Rooy machines. I am also very interested in any brand/model with a HCESAR keyboard layout. A collector-at-heart--I have long collected West Indian fiction (40+ years) and Haitian art (30+ years)--I am old enough to have owned and regularly used typewriters back in the pre-PC days.



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