Friday, March 28, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
This is my latest acquisition--a beige and brown Tower Challenger typewriter, from Bremerton Office Machines. It has been completely refurbished, and works like a breeze. The platen rubber is still soft--when I type on paper, it shows up on the roller. At some point, the carriage-return lever was replaced with one from a Royalite.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
This is a very early Smith-Corona Corsair. The three giveaways to this are the unusual carriage-return lever, the thickness of the plastic and the fact that the touch selector is under the ribbon cover, like that of the Smith-Corona Skyriter. I bought this typewriter for $20 from Bremerton Office Machines. (Mr. Montgomery asked if I thought it was worth $20 after testing it; it worked perfectly, and I love the styling. I thought it was well worth $20). The plastic shell is much thicker than that of my 1967 beige Corsair. Also, the alignment of its pica type is much more positive. The color makes it look even cuter and smaller. According to Mr. Montgomery, these typewriters generally are missing the ribbon cover and the carrying lid. He had no idea why, especially since these parts are so large.
This lid is made out of very thick ABS plastic. (ABS is the same plastic as crash helmets, car bumpers, etc.)
This is what is contained in the lid. Its casing is just as thick as the lid.
Mr. Montgomery's dealer sticker.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I bought this typewriter in Tacoma, Washington. It is a 1963 Royal Safari, in amazingly good condition--it even lacks the scrape caused by the carriage return lever that so many Safaris have. The advertisements above are from Royal Consmer Information Products.