chrisaldrich
chrisaldrich
Two rows of typewriters lined up on a wooden table. From front to back, left to right are a curvy black '48 Smith-Corona Clipper with glass keys, a '49 Grey boxy Royal Quiet De Luxe with tombstone glass keys, a dirty '55 Royal Quiet De Luxe with green keys, a gray '57 Remington Rand Quiet-Riter with green keys, a bright 1960s teal Remington Streamliner, a blue and cream colored late 60s Smith-Corona Galaxie Deluxe, a green early 70s Smith-Corona Classic 12, and a low slung 70s blue metal Brother Correction 11.

A photo of the burgeoning typewriter collection so far. 

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@chrisaldrich Beautiful!

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bapsi
bapsi

@chrisaldrich SO cool

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onewildcrow
onewildcrow

@chrisaldrich How wonderful! I love typewriters and envy your collection. I have a little orange Brother Deluxe 250TR with a faulty Shift mechanism - the price I was quoted for repair was eye-watering so I just type everything in lower case!

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shawnyeager
shawnyeager

@chrisaldrich ❤️

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chrisaldrich
chrisaldrich

@onewildcrow Typing everything in lower case seems so e. e. cummings—a '40s Smith-Corona Clipper fan, btw—like the black 1949 machine in in the front left of the photo.

I've fixed at least two different shift issues on these machines using videos on YouTube and either a screwdriver or a pair of pliers. If you can describe what your shift issue is, maybe we can track down a quick-and-dirty solution for you? My Brother Charger 11 (blue machine on the right in the last row) is fairly similar to the 250 and I need to pull it apart to fix a few things myself, so if looking at the shift set up on a working model is useful, I'm happy to help.

I think your lower case solution is so much more romantic though... Don't let me talk you into anything.

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cdevroe
cdevroe

@chrisaldrich wow, what a beautiful collection!

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dgreene196
dgreene196

@chrisaldrich Going to be honest - I was much more interested in your card catalog in the background. Great collection!

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chrisaldrich
chrisaldrich

@dgreene196 If it's card catalogs you're into, I've got a collection of those too! 🗃️

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patrickrhone
patrickrhone

@chrisaldrich Very nice! I have that same Royal Quiet de Luxe that you do.

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chrisaldrich
chrisaldrich

@patrickrhone Which one? The '49 Henry Dreyfuss with tombstone keys in the front or the rounder green keyed '55 in the second row?

I'm holding my breath to find a '48 version with the grey center stripe in an elite typeface. Our fellow QDL typists include the likes Anne Sexton, Clifford Odets, Stephen King, Edward R. Murrow, Marlon Brando, Virginia Cowles, Theodore Sturgeon, S.J. Perelman, David Niven, and Claire Chennault.

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bradenslen
bradenslen

@chrisaldrich That is a great collection.

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patrickrhone
patrickrhone

@chrisaldrich I have the green keyed one towards the back.

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JohnBrady
JohnBrady

@chrisaldrich More than 100 years ago, Smith-Corona (then called Standard Typewriter Company) was based in my little town of Groton, NY.

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chrisaldrich
chrisaldrich

@patrickrhone Those mid-'50s Royals were part of what I call "peak manual typewriter". They will last for centuries.

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chrisaldrich
chrisaldrich

@JohnBrady That's awesome. Is there anything left of it now? A museum perhaps? I'm planning a trip to New England to see some parts of Remington's old manufacturing infrastructure soon. Should I swing through Groton too?

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JohnBrady
JohnBrady

@chrisaldrich As far as I know there's no trace left of their manufacturing operations. We have a tiny village museum that might have some photos etc., but I doubt that it's worth a special trip.

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