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Offline BrooklynTony198

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Share Your Typewriters!
« on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 05:48:39 »
Was semi surprised there wasn't a current typewriter thread, seeing how typewriters have keyboards.... So I'll start first.

Just got my IBM Correcting Selectric II (mostly) working! It got the dreaded thump of a bad main pulley, but I can't complain much for a $6~ typewriter. Got 3 for $20, and currently fixing them up.


Here is the first one I've got workin, typing some small stuff as a test.

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Here are the other 2 under the working one. One is a Selectric II non correcting, the other seeems to be a Correcting Selectric thats missing all the parts that make it a Correcting model... Anyway, share your typewriters!
          
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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 05:51:17 »
We didnít have ďcorrectingĒ anything. We just worked really hard at speed AND accuracy! 


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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 11:17:08 »
Whomst has awoken the ancient one?

Oh boy, here we go. Letís see...

Starting with the electric ones; IBM Selectric II in Red (used to own many more but sold them over the years...), Olympia Report De Luxe. The Olympia I actually use most often among all my machines. I put it to use almost daily. Although nothing particularly special, its just a solid machine and a joy to work with. The things it does, it does perfectly.


Most of my electrics I sold over the years. Now to the manuals. First the Office models.

Olympia SG1

Best manual ever made. Nothing like it. Among my manuals, it gets the most use. It does everything, and everything perfectly. Segment shift, 4-position ribbon adjust, decimal tabulator, instant paper-insert, Double-spaced letters, quick remove carriage... etc. Look up the SG1 on YouTube, I recommend the Video from Typewriter Justice. You wont be disappointed.

- Ideal Standard from 1939.


- Continental Standard from 1939.

- Erika 20 (really sits in-between standard and portable...)

These are apparently insanely rare from what I understand. Iíve certainly never seen another one for sale (http://xoverit.blogspot.com/2016/10/holy-grail-in-disguise-erika-20.html)

Portables:

Erika 10


Erika 9, Erika 8, Olympia SM3, Olympia SM4, Olympia Elite, Optima Elite, Erika Model M

Ultra-Portables:

Hermes baby


Groma Kolibri


Back at school I used a yellow Silverette from Japan, I think I sold that one years ago.

I also used to own an IBM Wheelwriter, which I think I just threw away at some point after salvaging a few parts. Not really into electronic typewriters. 

I sold many over the years, used to own a nice Olivetti Lettera 32 in lime green. Never should have sold that one...

While the Selectrics and nice and efficient, they just donít give me that feeling Iím looking for, and most (likeÖ ALL) of them are in dire need for maintenance, which I just canít provide. Cleaning them is also a nightmare, and they have to be cleaned... always. The electric typebar-machines are much more up my alley, and not such divas. They just work.
 

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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:18:12 »
Whomst has awoken the ancient one?

Oh boy, here we go. Letís see...


Wow, thats quite the collection  :eek:

I haven't yet got fully into typewriters, my wallet would hate me if I did...
          
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Offline Olumin

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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:32:17 »
Whomst has awoken the ancient one?

Oh boy, here we go. Letís see...


Wow, thats quite the collection  :eek:

I haven't yet got fully into typewriters, my wallet would hate me if I did...

Most typewriters can be had for very cheap! Especially on flea markets and garage sales. If you like electric ones itís even easier to make deals, as most collectors focus on the portable manuals. Do you own a mechanical machine yet, or is the IBM your first typewriter? 

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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 14:54:39 »
Whoa, what a lovely collection of typewriters  :thumb: I definitely want a typewriter or two. I just need more storage and desk space.
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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 15:14:48 »
This is my selectric II! repainted it!


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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 15:21:04 »
I've got a few more, but this photo is handy.
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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 15:34:52 »
I've got a few more, but this photo is handy.
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These are excellent machines, among the best ďtrueĒ portables for sure, and real users. I like the 32 a bit more because of the square keys... and the cool paper support of causeÖ Olivetti certainly always had the edge when it came to design. I really regret selling mine..

Funny story; a ASMR video on YouTube featuring an Olivetti Lettera 32 was originally the reason why I wanted one so badly! Just donít askÖ I have to get another one sometime.


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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 15:38:20 »
This is my selectric II! repainted it!

Tasteful choice of color. In the states there seem to be so many cool color variants, here in Germany they only ever seem to come in red, grey or green...

Offline BrooklynTony198

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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 16:55:14 »

Most typewriters can be had for very cheap! Especially on flea markets and garage sales. If you like electric ones itís even easier to make deals, as most collectors focus on the portable manuals. Do you own a mechanical machine yet, or is the IBM your first typewriter? 

These Selectrics are my first typewriters. All the mechanical ones in my area seem to go for over $200 on craigslist...

This is my selectric II! repainted it!

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Offline typo

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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 21 May 2020, 23:11:10 »
OP, is that a Selectric II? Have one just like it. Millions of hours. Never services. works as new! I have a very late Olevetti that is nearly a "word processor" and I like it. It is no collectors item but it is as fancy as typewriters ever got.

Offline BrooklynTony198

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Re: Share Your Typewriters!
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 22 May 2020, 15:39:38 »
OP, is that a Selectric II? Have one just like it. Millions of hours. Never services. works as new! I have a very late Olevetti that is nearly a "word processor" and I like it. It is no collectors item but it is as fancy as typewriters ever got.

Yup that is a Correcting Selectric II. The other blue one is a regular Selectric II with the smaller platen of like 13" wide, and the green one... I have no idea what the green one is, its in a Correcting Selectric II case, but is missing not only the correction key keycap, but also the lever... and all the correction tape bits. Hopefully I can source a replacement pulley.
          
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