Tuesday, February 7, 2017
I decided to change the name of my blog to serve as an umbrella name for my typewriter-related projects. For instance, my antique mall booth will soon be "Seattle-Firs Typewriter | Timberline Typewriter" and the ribbons I sell will be "Seattle-Firs Typewriter | Timberline Ribbon." Also, since I am researching the Seattle-First National Bank Building, I thought I'd pay tribute to the logo of what was once Seattle's largest bank.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
I have been planning to open a typewriter shop in the Seattle metro area for a while--I now have a both at the Aurora Antique Pavilion, 24111 Highway 99, Edmonds, WA (Across Highway 104 from Aurora Village, above the Burlington Coat Factory). I specialize in reconditioned portable typewriters, which have been serviced to full working order (unless otherwise marked).
Bohn Contex with instructions (glued to bottom), $40, portable typewriters $60-150, Universal typewriter case $10, the joys of installing paneling, priceless.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
I bought this typewriter from a fellow collector--it is a Cole-Steel Collegiate, made in 1960. According to period advertising, this model was sold for $49.79 by S.S. Kresge, which later became Kmart. Mechanically it is identical to the Cole-Steel portable; the only differences are the ribbon cover (which is raised on this model), and the lack of a touch selector.
According to Kresge's advertising, the Collegiate portable offered (quoted from the ad):
- Completely cadmium plated mechanism throughout. Compare with ordinary black finish.
- Firm, solid chrome plated bars and metal fittings. Compare with other lightweight fittings
- Only 3 1/2 inches high. We believe this is the most compact of ALL portables.
- With Extra keys. Keyboard includes all standard plus several extra keys often not found on other portables.
- Lightweight Aluminum frame.
- Easy to read standard pica type
- Dow Chemical Styron Case
- Free picture manual of instructions
Also has left and right quick set margins, carriage centering device, automatic ribbon reverse, positive paper feed.
(Reprinted from the Altoona (PA) Mirror, 12/8/1960
Sunday, September 25, 2016
This is a collection of advertising and marketing tools produced by Smith-Corona in 1951. It includes scripts for radio ads, copies of advertising mats and magazine ads that appeared in 1951. It refers to Smith-Corona's tweed carrying case with the name "Silver Birch carrying case." Also, notice the Colorspeed keyboards.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
I now have a pink Royal! I got it from a fellow Lion for a great price! He originally got it for free in Orlando about 20 years ago. This is one of my favorite typewriters!
In the 1950s, typewriter manufacturers were looking for a new way to sell typewriters. For the first time since the Depression, portable typewriters were offered in a choice of colors.