Here’s my small but worthy collection of five typewriters. In truth there are only four, as the Imperial 220 is a birthday gift for my daughter, which will be delivered to her soon (she knows already!).
- Imperial Good Companion 5 – a really beautiful typer, already much used and loved. Made in the Leicester factory, England, in 1959, and apparently quite rare in red.
2. Imperial 220 – a more modern Imperial, from the 1970s. Manufactured for Imperial by Silver Seiko in Japan. It’s a wonderful, fast, sleek, typer, and my daughter will surely love it.
3. The grandaddy of my collection, the 1935 Remington Noiseless Portable. It’s in need of a little tlc, but is fully functional. The escapement occasionally jumps, certainly more times per page than I am happy with. That aside, it’s a beautiful machine, and a joy to use.
4. Olympus SM3 – my first acquisition, which has just returned from Tom Lucas, The Typewriter Man, where it received new rubber for the platen, and a thorough clean. It has a lovely Elite 12 typeface, and types like a dream.
5. Adler Tippa – the most portable of my typewriters, and overall is a very good typer, again with a nice Elite 12 typeface. I’m looking forward to taking this one out with me sometimes.
So, five will soon become four, but I really feel that will be the limit for quite a while, as I want to get to know each one well, rather than just occasionally or never. I want to concentrate on writing, as opposed to collecting. Each of these typewriters will be well used.
You can read more about my Good Companion 5 HERE
…and the Imperial 220 HERE
The others will get a page devoted to them in due course.