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During the quiet summer of 2020, I longed to use a typewriter again. After some online research and browsing, two Brother machines landed on my doorstep. A 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 pandemic blues. Now I'm obsessed about the different styles, the mechanics & repair, and their important history. Typewriters are an endless source of fascination as a literary medium, for creativity, a tinker-fest for machine geeks, and they 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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1971
Montgomery Ward
Signature 511D

Serial #G1495177

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1954
Smith Corona
Sterling

Serial #5A535243

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196x
Smith Corona
Classic 12

Serial #6LTV 283183

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1961
Smith Corona
Coronet

Serial #SE128906

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1976
Kmart (Brother)
300 Deluxe 12

Serial #C6988970

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1939
Royal
Speed King

Serial #B-831533

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1954
Royal
Quiet De Luxe

Serial #RA-2948625

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1964
Olivetti
Lettera 32

Serial #8559066

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1985
Brother
Charger 11

Serial #H53460803

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197x
Smith Corona
Classic 12

Serial #6LTV 649569W

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