Type Type Type – DING!


I typed this on some “carbonless” carbon duplicate paper.  Alas, it appears that the magic used to create such a thing did not last from the 1970s into the 21st century.


My pretty, maroon Custom III.

My pretty, maroon Custom III.


1947 Underwood (Remington) Noiseless

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I started my search with ‘Underwood’, but this period in typewriter history is generally an exercise in cut-throat incest when it comes to patents.  And we thought Tesla had it tough!


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My research online was fruitless for a time, but the name ‘Remington’ kept popping up, so I went down that gray alley.  Huzzah!  Machines Of Loving Grace came through with great aplomb!


Ah-HA! THIS is the same critter, only mine says Underwood.

“The second-to-last incarnation of the Noiseless was produced virtually unchanged for almost two decades. This is one of the heaviest, most solid machines I own. It’s built like a tank, kind of looks like one, and at the keyboard you kind of feel like you’re operating one. This is a serious workhorse.

As with the Noiseless No.6, the dial on the front adjusts the carriage very slightly forwards and backwards to accomodate multiple sheets of paper. This is often mistaken for a touch control. When using only one or two sheets of paper, the dial should be in the far left position or just before it; otherwise, the typebars may fail to strike the paper and the user may mistakenly think that something’s wrong with the typewriter.”

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Yep, the shop manager mentioned that she couldn’t budge on the portable price, but she could wiggle on this machine.  We wiggled.  I feel good about the deal.  And this beauty is now in safe hands.    More pix below.  ~TH~

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Smith-Corona Courier C/T


I like the fact that companies decided to dazzle us with pretty colors, even while they were producing lighter machines that were not as robust. For all the naysaying I sometimes here, this machine should type very well into the 21st century, provided that it’s well cared for.
INTERESTING: Note that there is a Tab key, but no Tab Set or Tab Release features. This is the first machine I have run across that has fixed Tab settings. Each Tab is set at the ‘tens’, which correspond to the markings on the paper bail. Ingenious! Also note the “Correction” setting. Folks, any typewriter that can accommodate a black/red ribbon can accommodate a black/correction ribbon. Note that I went with all black – don’t use those correction ribbons, unless you simply adore cleaning your machine after every single use. The white flakes and gums up the works. ~TH~

– See more at: http://typewriterdatabase.com/197x-smith-corona-courier-ct.5354.typewriter#sthash.Zi9Wo64o.dpuf

Royal KMM – another big boy

NOTE: This post is for an upcoming typewriter event.  More original words will be spilled soon.  ~TH~

Here I have another desk jockey – a KMM, serial number 3671243.  It needs some cleaning, and the drawband is sluggish.  It’s in very nice shape.  I’ll be hauling it to West Virginia this coming weekend for those of you who are interested.

Questions?  You can email me any ol’ time.  tomhitt [at] ymail.com

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KH12 – The Behemoth

NOTE: This post is for an upcoming typewriter event.  More original words will be spilled soon.  ~TH~

Here we have the 1934 Royal KH12; decidedly a NON-portable machine.  This was a gift to me from a friend who rescued it from being thrown away.  It weighs a gazillion pounds.  It is in fine working order overall, but the platen is shot.

On October 23, I’m hoping to trade it for a portable, or selling it as a boat anchor.  Serial no. 1689628

Feel free to contact me about this machine – see you at the museum in West Virginia!!  ~Tom~  —  tomhitt [at] ymail.com

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