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