198X Adler Universal 200 #9649496
Status: My Collection
Created: 05-10-2014 at 11:36AM
Last Edit: 09-13-2014 at 08:50PM
This behemoth of an office machine was used by my grandfather when he was a clerk for the local church. Many an important document was typed up on this machine.
My grandfather says that it was purchased around 1982 when the building was built. I have not really seen any machines this new, as the market became dominated by the IBM Selectric and the Word Processors.
This is a pretty standard machine except for the layout of the keyboard and the typeface. Normally, when one shifts numbers, you get symbols. On this one, you just get numbers. To get symbols, you have more keys.
The typeface is a 10 pitch "Tron-esque" style, straight out of a cheesy techno movie or Magnum P.I. episode. I think its quite interesting, and worthy to have a spot in my collection.
UPDATE: After figuring out that the carriage can be simply removed by disengaging two red levers underneath the ribbon cover, I have found many interesting quirks and features of this rather complex machine. I have also found the serial number, but it is far after any Adler Universal dates. Pretty much everything on this machine can be removed and "customized" for typist preference. After cleaning out an excessively large quantity of eraser shavings, it actually types quite nicely with a very smooth and surprisingly light carriage return. It also has an ingenious mechanical tabulator brake that may be operated with the use of magnets and springs. At first, I just thought that the tabulator was gunked up because of its slowness, but, in fact, it was meant to do that.
Hunter: Jake Fischer (jfisch)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a typewriter collector and amateur repairman who became obsessed after typing at a young age on my grandfather's Olivetti Lettera 22, which he soon gave to me. Now I have had over ten typewriters in my collection, flipping the less valuable ones for a low price to fund my obsession.
At one point, I was weary of polish; now I see the wonderful shine that Meguiar's cleaning wax brings to a glossy paint. I still avoid polishing nickle or chrome, for I hear that patina is valuable on old metal. However, I refuse to use the devil's website, also known as Ebay. Just too many deaths by shipping...and unacceptably exuberant prices...
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