Take me home, West Virginia.

See you all at Herman’s on Friday!

Until then good luck & Happy typing!

Take me home, West Virginia.

Over the mountains and through the hills to Herman’s we will go

Its that time of year again. For the annual gathering of like minded typewriter enthusiasts and collectors known as Herman’s

In preparation for this years trip I have been doing some more repairs for the local antique shop. Machines included a Royal Empress, Underwood 5, a very snappy Woodstock and a few others. One of the machines I was supposed to fix was a early Royal KMM with round shift keys. Turns out though it has at least 2 cracks in the frame. I traded my Royal HH for this machine. I am debating on whether or not to fix it.

Some machines are leaving the collection.

  1. 1925 Royal 10
  2. 1934 Lc Smith 8 w/large typeface
  3. 1928 Underwood 5
  4. Smith Premier 2 parts machine
  5. Smith Premier 10 parts machine
  6. 1942 Royal KMM from WWII
  7. 1927 Remington Portable #2

I could not come home from hermans empty-handed. I am going to be getting some new machines for the collection. These include

  1. 1887 Caligraph 2
  2. 1897 Smith Premier 2
  3. 1910s Corona 3
  4. LC Smith Silent
  5. Royal 10 ( in nice shape for once)
  6. Densmore case

Green LC Smith shipping casualty,  going to repair it with my parts stash.

I plan to be there around 12 on Friday. I am going to load up the land yacht the night before and head southward in the morning. See all of you soon.

Over the mountains and through the hills to Herman’s we will go

Herman’s ’18 update #1

Its that time of year where we are all making preparations to journey down to Herman Price’s typewriter gathering again. I have scored multiple machines I wanted and one real special one.

First though the machines leaving the collection to make room for the new ones.

SP2 parts machine

SP10 parts machine

Royal 10 parts machine

1927 Remington portable in blue

1928 Underwood 5

1934 LC Smith 8 w/6 CPI typeface

1942 Royal KMM from WWII

1945 Underwood S

(also delivering a Royal 10 that was featured in my last safari)

Continuing the trend from last year its mostly newer machines leaving to make room for more oldies. Some of the machines I will be getting include:

1914 Royal 10, first production year with pinstripes and no glass.

A 1887 Caligraph 2 in need of a restoration.

Another Smith Premier 2.

A very nice Corona 3 with some issues.

However there is one machine not listed here that is truly the prize. A chance deal enabled me to get it. Was quite innovative for its time however management problems killed the machine after only a few thousand were made.

Guess away.

The Yost 4 and the Densmore 1 are coming along with me. If you want you can even try out these rare beauties.

Herman’s ’18 update #1

Yost 4


This is a photo of the Yost no 4 after being cleaned up and restored. I did not take it apart like I am known to do on some machine but I did clean it and fabricate the missing pieces. I also got it unstuck and working. I am waiting on some new ink to arrive to make a new ink pad.

Yost 4


I went on yet another typewriter safari yesterday. This time I did not buy anything. I saw a few typewriters but none that I just had to have. I did want to buy some of the vintage TV sets though.


Very rusty and frozen Royal 10. This was $50. Overpriced. Some things here are expensive and others are steals.


IBM Selectric III


Late model wedges on the table with the IBM.


Royal 440 with cover.

That was as far as the typewriters went. However there were plenty of old TV sets, radios and adding machines.


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Now for some other things. The New Century Caligraph is being restored. Thats coming along well, although a little slow. Herman’s is coming up soon so stay tuned as machines will come up for sale.