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Stuck indoors since March 2020, on pandemic furlough from my usual occupation, I've become a serious typewriter enthusiast. Once chained to a desk with a computer screen, micro-cassette tapes and a Dictafone by my side, I have become an analog devotee. I love typewriters.

My journey into typewriter hunting began in March 2020, and since acquiring my first machine, a Voss ST-24, I have now learned to recondition nearly 20 machines.

I keep careful records of each typewriter in a binder at home, collect typeface samples, photographs, and make journal entries. I love to read and now have many books on the subject. I hope to continually expand my knowledge through careful study and hands-on research. I love using typewriters in my daily life. I collect some, sell some, and have given some as gifts.

I have been inspired by others, including a famous actor, who have done the same.

In real life, at the computer keyboard, I type 100 words per minute, specializing in medical terminology for surgical pathology reports.

At home, using typewriter keyboards, I estimate my typing speed is closer to 65-80 wpm, with variable accuracy, and I am happy to be slowing down a little.

The deliberate process of writing on a typewriter has been good for my soul. Typewriting to journal has been a balm during these strange times. I hope to share my appreciation of typewriters with others and to meaningfully contribute to this wonderful database.


1958
Hermes
3000

Serial #3003951

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198x
Privileg (Olivetti)
350 T

Serial #0697166

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1965
Olympia
SM9

Serial #2733344

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1954
Olympia
SM3

Serial #436225

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1946
Smith Corona
Silent

Serial #4S129874

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1932
Smith Corona
S-C

Serial #1017161

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1960
Tower
Tabulator

Serial #5 CT470553

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1947
Remington
Noiseless 7

Serial #H137691

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1922
Remington
Portable

Serial #NK23177

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1960
Smith Corona
Electric

Serial #5TE220446

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