At the last possible moment this morning, I switched lanes to avoid a traffic jam and found myself heading in the direction of the Ohio Valley Antique Mall.
Good decision! I found a $20 Smith-Corona Courier I'll fix up for WordPlay, and a typewriter for my own collection: this pretty Elgin Collegiate.
It was made in Japan by Nippo (website by Will Davis, courtesy of the Wayback Machine).
The Nippos essentially follow the design introduced by Halberg and then found on scads of little Royals made in Holland after Royal bought Halberg.
One difference I've noticed, though, is that the Halbergs/Royals have a carriage return lever that pivots, unusually, on a horizontal axis, whereas the Nippo lever is on a more conventional vertical axis.
The shell, while similar to the Royalite, has its own attractive shape and these eye-catching gullwing ribbon covers.
This typewriter is missing a feed roller and is a bit rough in some other ways, but I don't think I've ever run across any sort of Nippo in the flesh before, so I'm very happy that I made that split-second decision to follow The Typewriter Bone today.