In 1964, Royal Typewriter put out a full featured portable machine, complete with an 88-key keyboard. It's slick, durable, and was very popular. This 1965 typewriter is in near perfect condition and has held up well throughout its 50 plus years of existence. It ranks high on the "cool scale."
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Over 90 years ago, this typewriter came off the production line. The 1923 Underwood Standard Portable is remarkable example of high end engineering done at a small scale. It was designed by Lee S. Burridge but he never got to see it completed. Underwood bought the rights to the patent and produced the machine over four years after Burridge's death. Unlike most typewriters, it has only three rows (banks) of keys. It's beautiful in its compact simplicity.
This 1948 Royal Quiet DeLuxe is sometimes referred to has a Dreyfuss machine. Henry Dreyfuss was one of the first "industrial designers," artist/engineers who specialized in improving the looks and workability of everyday products. He was asked to improve the Royal QDL portable and, after some intensive research, came up with this wonderful design. In this video, I talk about the typewriter and the man behind the design.
This Remington is a basic but powerful workhorse. It has no model name but is linked to some other famous Remington portables. It is solid, dependable, and 64 years old (but it doesn't show its age).
In the late 50s and early 60s, Royal Typewriters sold the Futura line of machines. It was a new body design and one that caught on. The Futura brand would last for quite some time. In this video, I take a look at the middle "child" of the three available machines--the Futura 600. This machine was a mess when I got it. Now, it's a heart stealer. I hope you enjoy it.
Perhaps one of the most streamlined typewriters ever made is the Olympia Model C, a portable that is mostly flash and plastic. It looks like something the Jetsons would use. It's light and durable but is it a great typer? We find out in this episode of Typewriter Tuesday.
Working on a typewriter is fine, but how do you convert a typed page into a digital page that can be e-mailed to an editor. Manuscripts need to be editable. Well, there's a spiffy (and free) app from Microsoft that makes that possible.
The Olympia SM9 is a favorite among typewriter collectors and writers. Durable, efficient, enduring, and a pleasure to use. Here are two versions of the SM9, one from 1967 and one from 1971.
Agatha Christie used the British version of this machine. This matte black portable came to me unexpectedly and is in wonderful condition. It, like others in the Model 5 family, is a sweet typer. Looks good and works well. Who could ask for more?
Collecting typewriters is a fun and educational hobby. It can also be expensive and take over any free space available in your house. The good news is, there are typewriter-related items that are cheap and fun. In this episode, I share some of the items I've collected, all of them inexpensive. Enjoy.
The Smith-Corona Galaxies are favorites among typist. Snappy action, modern (1960s style), and full featured, it is the go to for many typists.
Hmm, this typewriter is a bit of a mystery to me. It's beautiful, types well, but I can find precious little information about it. There are others like it out there, but it seems to be elusive. This is the Smith-Corona Enterprise.
The Swiss made Hermes 3000 is one of the best loved of all typewriters. An ace typer, it is also stylish, durable, and a workhorse. It's a comfortable and gorgeous machine. Fantastic engineering. Oh, and it's minty green.
1938 Remington Deluxe Noiseless typewriter is a treat to see and to hear (It's not really noiseless, but it is a whole lot quieter then most typers. Al also talks about what this typewriter taught him about keeping his emotions in check.
1941 is the year the US entered WWII. When it did, much of the industry in the United States went to support the war effort including companies that made typewriters. In this episode, we look at a typewriter that was manufactured shortly before Royal suspended manufacturing for the commercial market. Many of these typewriters were used by the army and navy.
The Underwood Universal typewriter is a pleasure to look at and to use. Although we looked at one in Ep. 12, I present another, but this one comes with a twist—and that twist is in the case. The machine is from 1946, US made, and in many ways, unique.
Royal was a little late to the portable typewriter game. They were a major player in the larger standard size machines, but were slow out of the gate on portables. Once they entered the race, however, they quickly became a force to be reconvened with. In this episode, I show they typewriter as I received it, untouched, uncleaned, but still a worthy machine. Don't worry, I plan to clean it up.
This typer is a bit of a surprise for me. Made in 1980 it bears the name of the famous typewriter company Royal, but it was manufactured in Portugal. It represents a a change in typewriter manufacturing. Since the body is made of plastic, I expected the machine to be a bit of a junker. Instead, it's a pretty good machine. Shame on me for prejudging.
This typer came to me in rough shape. That's the bad news. The good news is, it only cost me $15.00. It had endured a some careless treatment (so it seems) and about half the keys didn't work. I took it home, put it on my work bench and had at it. A couple hours later, I had a working typewriter. The work was tedious, but the reward was great. Although plain in appearance, it rocks the work. Some consider this model one of the best machines made. I'm inclined to agree with them.
When a Typewriter and History Collide. This Corona Four portable goes way back to 1925, the year of the Scopes Trial. The Scopes Monkey trial was one of the most covered trials in US history. Over 200 reporters from around the country gathered in the tiny berg of Dayton, TN to report on a trial that is still talked about and debated today. Some of those reporters may have used a typewriter like this one.