A Minimum Of Quality

Let me start by saying; I understand the adage, “You get what you pay for”.   I found this difficult to believe yesterday, when I began to research the purchase of a new attache style briefcase.  Searching on the interwebs, I sought a decent case that wouldn’t break the bank.  I was disappointed to discover that even as I climbed up into the “premium” cases, the reviews were less than stellar.

This may be in part because the attache style has given way to the leather shoulder bag, messenger style.  Those are fine, I have several.  What I need at the moment though, is more like a portable office, with most of what I need already in place when I open my case.  Assuming I keep the thing organized, I should be able to open it flat and begin working.  With a top loading case, I’m always pulling stuff out, digging around, then stuffing all my stuff back in- rarely in an organized fashion.

Many of the reviews for attache style cases focused on if it was “real leather”, or how impressive the case looked.  I don’t give a rat’s a$$ about those things.  I just don’t want the thing coming apart on me; which apparently, many of them do.  Crappy glued construction, and crappy stitching.

I know that my father’s old briefcase is tucked away somewhere in this house.  If I ever find it, I’ll post a review of that critter.  Now that was how you put together an attache case.  *End Rant*

 

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Garage Sales – Yay!

House sales, garage sales, flea markets.  The life blood of summer.  I was lamenting just two weeks ago that none of my friends had spotted any typewriters recently.  Then today, one nice beauty came my way from a neighbor.  Then, two more very nice machines came my way while I was at a writing workshop, thanks to my wife and son who went out to the local house sales.  All delivered right to my doorstop.  And strangely, all three are (W)Riters.

Starting with the MarxWriter

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Marx Toys began manufacturing in Girard Pennsylvania in 1934, a small town that neighbors my own small town.   This little toy is in very good condition.  As you can see, I even have the box.  This toy actually has quite a few functions found on portable typewriters.  It really will type, though it wouldn’t be my first choice for typing up a business letter.  How about those key tops!  Does that shape remind you of another collectable typewriter?  The Marx toy museum closed recently, but you can still find some great information about the history at the museum website.

Next up from today is the Smith-Corona Skyriter.

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This lady blue is in very good+ condition.  Hardly used, there are not the usual scratches in the plastic body, and no fading either.  Types like a champ.  SN – 6Y908851

Finally, the critter that my neighbor thoughtfully brought to my attention (and my doorstep); the Remington-Rand Quiet-Riter from 1956.

Types well, rugged, and everything functions as it should.  SN – QR 2954202

So there you have it.  The MarxWriter, the Skyriter and the Quiet-Riter.  Seems I was destined to punch up my Riter collection today.  $50 total for these 3 critters.   Boom baby.

~TH~