That is a common question that I often get over social media or via email. Many of us have typewriters that are given to us by a relative or ones that we purchase from a typewriter shop or maybe at an antique mall. It’s natural to want to know a bit of history about the particular typewriter s that we own. Let me give you a resource to help you find out how old your machine is. The Typewriter Database is a wonderful resource when trying to date your typewriter. Select your typewriter’s Brand from the drop down menu. A new page will open that will feature the most recently edited typewriter galleries. Next, and this is important, scroll down the page. Once you do that, you’ll begin to see typewriter information. Typewriter information is categorized by standard machines, electrics, and portables.
Royal Typewriter Company
One variety of portable typewriter has gained quite a following due simply to the wonderful and individualistic styling applied to it. In addition to being distinctively shaped, these machines are in fact magnificently constructed and are, as the leading ALPINA expert Norbert Schwarz says, “actually small office machines.
Alpina Buromaschinenwerke AG was founded by Dr. Rudolph Bovensiepen in Kaufbeuren, W. Germany in The company at first manufactured only portable typewriters and never did make standards , but later added mechanical calculators to its line.
From the American Press Institute typewriter collection, a Olympia. Dating your Underwood Typewriter Diy Organization, Organizing, Underwood.
Brilliant write-up on an excellent series of machines. My SM 2 and 3 are among my favourites to write with. Near-perfect typewriters, only marred IMHO by their carriage-shift. My pinky fingers aren’t as strong as they used to be. Lucky I have a SM9. Can’t wait to read about that one, Nick! I honestly suspect that Oly only went to segment shift when they did because by then everybody and their dog was doing it, eh?
Another example of how over the years advertising and market pressure influenced typewriter design, rather than the other way round. Excellent post, Nick!!! Great history of the Olympia line-up. I hope to soon get to work on cleaning my SM I’ll be watching for your review of the SM-9 family. Outstanding research. I am kind of shocked to see some postwar “DM” machines, because the ’30s DM typewriters have always struck me as a blatant appeal to true-believer National Socialists, with their jargon about the office mechanics’ guild producing at the behest of the Reich-whatever.
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However, up on the usual sites I use to date typewriters, the Underwood Leaders tend to start with much My repainted Copper Metallic Olympia Splendid
Where can I find a ribbon for my typewriter? Baco Ribbons makes ribbons in many sizes, colors, and materials. Call or e-mail typebar aol. Earl De Barth , of www. He has no spools, so requests that the purchaser send him a spool on which to wind the “new” ribbon. Prices vary according to length, number of ribbons purchased, etc. Can you help me with a mechanical problem? If you can find your typewriter’s serial number, it may be listed at The Typewriter Database select your manufacturer from the drop-down menu.
Failing that, here are some rules of thumb:. If your typewriter looks bizarre in some way strange keyboard, shape, etc. Let me know what you’ve got , and I’ll try to give you more information.
Collecting Antique and Vintage Typewriters
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Antique and vintage typewriter models can be valuable for collectors and typewriter aficionados. How to Identify and Date Old Brooch Styles.
My head is spinning a bit, and I had to share it with you. I write on a manual typewriter that seems modern to me. And I love it. I could never even write on an electric typewriter that takes off at the merest touch. It also semi-hides the fact that I am completely confused by technology. And the thought that a computer would EAT 3 chapters of a book, or all of it, is horrifying to me.
It is an incredibly fine machine. My children have tried to get me to I Chat, want me to get a Blackberry, insist that I can use a computer…. But in any case, since learning email, I have dug my heels in and learned NO new technologies…. Although I am by no means in the leagues of my children, who carry on a full conversation with me face to face, while their thumbs are flying over the keyboard of their Blackberrys and they have a whole other conversation with a friend by text.
I am an excellent multi-tasker, but not when technology is involved. Like any mother, I can make a sandwich, listen to a kid, talk on the phone at the same time, and manage 3 conversations at once, while telling a husband where his gray socks are and what time our Christmas party is……but technology is not involved in any of those tasks. But in each case, I know them well enough to blow them off without embarrassment, and stubbornly stick to Ollie, email, and the occasional text.
Kids today are a whole different breed.
How Old is My Typewriter?
These wonderful machines are still finding their ways into the homes and offices of collectors, traditionalists and technophobes alike. Machines Our biggest seller these days are vintage portable manual typewriters dating from the ‘s through ‘s and including classic brands such as Royal , Corona , Olympia , Smith Corona , Olivetti , Underwood and Remington. Each machine has been beautifully restored and is in excellent running condition.
They come with carrying cases when available , new ribbons, and most even with new platens. Prices and availability are subject to change, so please contact us for more information. Photos are also available by request.
– Blue Olympia Traveller De Luxe Typewriter. Vintage typewriters restored. Restored typewriters and hand typed quotes by BookoftheDad. December This one has the Serial Number , dating it at early It has a very.
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Luxe Can be Deceiving
The “type writer” revolutionized business, art and correspondence, and despite or because of a century of changes, earlier writing machines are still avidly sought by collectors. If you have ever been tempted by a typewriter, or struggled with “The quick brown fox,” you’ll need some information to guide you in your search. Typewriters are valued by physical and mechanical condition and rarity.
In addition to those listed below, there were scores of other typewriter manufacturers across the U. According to author and typewriter expert Richard Polt, many typewriters you will come across are from several known brands. Basic pricing ranges are based on eBay auction searches, along with WorthPoint and Kovels guides.
An Olympia SM9 script typewriter, dating to circa the s. This portable manual typewriter, which types in cursive lettering, is white and gray with muted teal.
This is a gorgeous mid s Royal Portable Standard its official name also known as the Touch. I dont restore many typewriters that. You have found a vintage Hermes typewriter care kit in its original slider box in excellent vintage condition. This kit contains 2 brushes, an eraser, a plastic card stamped Hermes, and a soft cloth. The slider box is in great condition. It is 8. The longer black brush is 7. The shorter brush is 5″ long. The white plastic card with the Hermes logo and typewriter is 3.
There are several cutouts on the card.
Olympia (Nakajima) Olympiette
Ever since , when Americans Sholes and Glidden first dreamed up the commercial typewriter, American machines have dominated the industry. From Remington to Underwood to Smith-Corona, many of the typewriters we all know and love were made in the U. But for over one hundred years, people from all over the world have also enjoyed the smooth comfort, colorful design, and portability of Olympia typewriters. This West-German brand has been celebrated by old-Hollywood moviemakers, contemporary authors, and antique enthusiasts alike.
seller these days are vintage portable manual typewriters dating from the ‘s through ‘s and including classic brands such as Royal, Corona, Olympia.
But before you get into them, I encourage you to read what has been posted on One Typed Page. Perhaps a page will help during these difficult times. If you have a typewriter, consider sending me a page! Still looking for a typewriter? Then on to the Top 10 and get one pronto! Thanks for visiting. Any of these will do the job.
Most are from the s or later. A quick search on eBay or Etsy will yield several results. I usually recommend a regular portable, not the ultra-portable and not a standard desktop. Post-war boomer style and function at its peak. The key action is light. Plus it comes in a variety of colors!