While happy with the IBM Electromatic after I got it running, there was just something that it missed. Then it dawned on me. The 1930s Streamline design was altered by the later grey paint and the incorrect grey platen knobs. The paint was dingy and chipped anyway so I decided a sprucing up was in order. So I did what any reasonable person would not do and I took it apart. I removed all removable panels and removed the carriage. Then I went and masked off any parts that I did not want to paint and painted the main body of the machine. The result? I find it looking much better. The only thing is it still has the ugly gray platen knobs and 3 feet. I have sourced a set of feet and the knobs of of a parts machine along with the data plates from the side that are missing. Probably removed to “update” the machine. In the 1950s black paint and chrome were “old-fashioned looking” Grey or pastel colors and plastic, lots of plastic was the trend. I also plan to see about having the “International” and “Electromatic” decals made.
Here it is now.
In other news a parts Densmore 2 has arrived. A 1914 Remington 10 was given to me by my great-uncle. The parts I need are now here for the early no 2. The no 10 will clean up well although slowly as at some point it was coated in shellac that has removed all the shine from the paintwork.
The big thing finally arrived about a week or so ago.
Its a Yost No 4. My no 1 wish list machine. This photo was taken after just getting it out of the box. I have since cleaned it up more. Unfortunately it is missing some keytops and a the entire key stem and keylever for the 5 key along with the back panel. I am in the process of making these parts.
I have gotten the Densmore finished from a mechanical standpoint.
Its back together now and works well (after fiddling with the escapement)
Cosmetically there is some stuff left to be done. The main thing is decals although I am going to wait till the spring to do that as there is a spot on the back of the paper table where the black paint got messed up when drying. I also want to have the nickel plating redone at some point as well.
Remember this? This is the Densmore 2 I bought as a parts machine for the no 1. Turns out its pretty significant in its own right. The serial number is 1287. This is the 3rd oldest Densmore no 2 around and it most likely dates to 1892, the first year of production for the no 2. The shift key is also black. No other Densmore has a black shift key. I did take a few parts off of it were missing on the other one to complete it but other then that it is in rough but restorable condition. I was lucky enough to find a Densmore 1 through a few other collectors in rough shape with a carriage. It is a late model with the late carriage rail. I plan to make new rollers for the carriage. It will also provide the missing typeslug that this machine will need.
The Smith Premier 5 cleaned up well and works fine for the most part. Its the rarest machine in the collection, Oddly though is not the most valuable. that would more then likely be the Densmore 1.
I have not really done anything with the New Century. I am mostly waiting for the spring/summer so I can restore it. Full teardown and cleaning with a repaint likely.
The Smith Premier no 10 cleaned up well, just being really dusty. however it refused to type. it turned out that the pins the u bar pivots on were bent. I took them out of the parts sp10. Then it worked but it felt very sluggish. I ended up having to cut a new hole in the mainspring to allow it to tension up.
Some machines went to new owners at Herman’s
I was able to send some parts from the parts SP2 to some fellow collectors.
There are soon to be some new acquisitions in the collection. my friend Ian Brumfield has been busy dragging rare Royal electric standards out of what has been called “The Hoard” In that house full of typewriters there is a LC Smith 5 missing a carriage that I will be getting for parts for mine as mine has a crack in the carriage support. I also saw a LC Smith Silent standard in one of the photos and plan to get that too.
However the big thing that I am working towards getting is something that I have wanted for awhile. Its old and has a unusual type mechanism.
Here are some photos on the progress on the Densmore.
Here is the frame stripped of all parts ready for blasting.
Here are some parts being painted. In my basement all 38 keylevers and all 38 typebars are laid out on towels on the floor waiting for the frame to be finished. It has not yet been blasted but I hope to get it done soon.