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Out of the blue in the summer of 2020, I really wanted a typewriter again, so after some online research and browsing, two Brother machines landed on my doorstep. A pastel blue 1971 Montgomery Ward's Signature 511D and a creamy 1985 Sears ultraportable both ignited a fire I haven't felt in a long time. I quickly found Ted Munk, the Facebook groups, and the rest of the typewriter online community, where I learned how to fix them and appreciate them. By summer's end I had collected 20 typewriters to cure my 2020 pandemic blues. Now I'm obsessed about all the different styles, every aspect of the mechanics, and their important history. Typewriters are an endless source of fascination as a literary medium, for creativity, a tinker-fest for machine geeks, and still contribute to the economy. I truly enjoy learning how to bring mid-century or later typewriters back to life, even the electric ones, while completely in awe of the unique antiques that folks brilliantly restore. It warms my heart that there are others, and here we are sharing the same passions about typewriters together.

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1955
Royal
Quiet De Luxe

Serial #RA-2993793

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1949
Smith Corona
Sterling

Serial #5A199047

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1971
Smith Corona
Classic 12

Serial #6LTV 337144

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1979
Sears
Portable

Serial #L91550353

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198x
Sears
The Scholar with correction

Serial #12565619

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1970
Montgomery Ward
Signature 511D

Serial #E0613528

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1952
Smith Corona
Sterling

Serial #5A395884

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198x
Sears
The Scholar with correction

Serial #07159944

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1969
Montgomery Ward
Signature 511D

Serial #G9466585

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1935
Royal
A

Serial #A422745

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