Mittwoch, 15. August 2012

The Basic Types of Typewriters a Collector has to have


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Ton S. (I dream lo-tech) hat gesagt…

One honest-to-goodness standard:
Lexikon 80, Royal 10, Olympia SG1

Bill M hat gesagt…

Excellent choices. But I'd add a pre 1930s Underwood also, either a standard portable 3 bank or 4 bank, great machines, snappy typers and neat typeface.

Ken Coghlan hat gesagt…

I like how the Malling Hansen is just thrown in there! Neat little post. Definitely a good guide, but you forgot about one good standard for at home. An Olympia standard, perhaps, or even an Underwood.

Dwayne F. hat gesagt…

Does this mean you will thin your collection? OK, that was cruel ;)

I like your general criteria. The only change I'd make is increasing the proportion of curiosities. I like my typefaces funky.

Miguel Ángel Chávez Silva hat gesagt…

Good, my collection includes at least one example of the first three categories! As for the curiosity category, I wonder if "Dali" could be classified as one...

notagain hat gesagt…

I agree completely, adding that cycling through different brands and styles of each to find the ones you like (and passing on the others) is important to getting use out of them.

Adwoa hat gesagt…

Nice list. Did I miss the post on your Groma Kolibri? Can't wait to see it!

Randy hat gesagt…

I'm glad you didn't say an electric. I know it's typewriter snobbery but I won't purchase, touch, or allow one to be used in my presence. There is some collectability value in some, I'm sure...but for me a typewriter that requires electricity is missing the point. Your mileage may vary, of course, but that's my narrow-minded opinion.

Mark hat gesagt…

I always say a collection needs these:
-Standard portable, as you said SM or 3000 or Quiet-Riter etc.
-Featherweight as you said, Rocket, Tippa, etc.
-Solid standard: KMM, SG1, TM5, etc.
-Something obscure: Oliver, Corona 3, blindwriter, etc.

So pretty much on the same page but you don't think a good desktop is an essential?

shordzi hat gesagt…

Florian, wenn Dir die Kolibri gefällt, darfst Du sie gerne in Deine Sammlung aufnehmen. Courtesy von Georg, mit herzlichem Gruss.

maschinengeschrieben hat gesagt…

Thanks for your comments - Your unanimous mentioning of a good standard is about to change my mind - I hope to publish a post about standards in the next week.
Adwoa, the Kolibri is from Georg, and I haven't yet posted about it.
Randy, I completely agree, I do not even touch electrics. Not even a Selectric.
Georg, das ehrt und freut mich natürlich sehr! Selbstverständlich gefällt mir die Kolibri, sie leistet hervorragende Dienste. Herzlichen Dank!

Mark hat gesagt…

I think your closed mindedness towards electrics means you miss out on some pretty cool machines. I have a collection currently 50+ strong right now and and there might be 10 electrics in there. I plan to post one soon. They as important a part of typewriter history as a blind writer or anything else. I certainly PREFER my manual machines, but I also enjoy my electric ones. Try one.

ian9113 hat gesagt…

Where I live it is very difficult to find good manual typewriters, so the majority of my collection is comprised of what I call "analog
electrics"--typewriters that use electricity to power the keys and carriage motion, etc.--no screens or digital stuff. They can be pretty cool, and are especially useful when you are tired of punching away at some stiff keys. My favorite of mine is a SCM Electra 120. I'm trying to get my hands on a Facit TP1, though.

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