Monday, December 8, 2014

The Case of the Scarlet Remington

Here's a glimpse of my desk at the moment. On the left is Thomas Sheehan's excellent new book, the first title in a series that I'm co-editing. On the right is the Remington Noiseless no. 7 that's been my companion for nearly 40 years.


Between them is a case that belongs to this Remington no. 3 I'm repairing for a customer of The Urban Legend Institute. The typewriter was made in November 1930.


Notice the oddity of this case:



In 20 years of typewriter collecting, I've never seen another one like it! Have you?

There is always something new to discover in the world of typewriters.



16 comments:

  1. Just like on my Remington 3! http://xoverit.blogspot.com/2014/11/desert-ocean.html

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  2. Very nice scarlet Remington.
    Ha, odd case indeed. What does that hinged divider do?

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    1. It creates a triangular-prism-shaped compartment for papers and accessories.

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  3. Nice typewriter! I am sure I have either a Remington No. 2 or No. 3 portable around somewhere with the same sort of thing -- maybe not exactly identical, but I recall clearly having to ensure the flap was not butting against the keys when I put on the lid. Must be missing a clasp. I'd completely forgotten about that until I saw this post! But yours and mine are the only ones I've seen (I see a third person mentions this too) -- never ran across another. Do you think this was an extra cost optional case?

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    1. The thought had occurred to me. Could be!

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  4. That is one beautiful typewriter.
    Unique case.

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  5. Now why wouldn't they have put that flap in all the remmie portable cases? Never understood why so few portables have logically designed supplies storage. Very nice! (:

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  6. The Noiseless 7 came in a case with a flap--but with a fabric hinge, not metal, and with a fabric strip and snap rather than a fingerhole and metal lip.

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    1. My Noiseless 7 case has no such flap, but I think maybe the earlier ones do.

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    2. My noiseless 7 with the flap is H27718. I have a noiseless portable N21815 with an envelope-like compartment

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  7. That's a fine piece of hardware. Looks like you have your hands full currently.

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  8. One of my old portables has that feature, but it's hard to open - ripped the leather strap off trying. Oh, it's my 50's Underwood Deluxe Quiet Tab! .So a later period, but never the less, a storage compartment

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  9. nicely gestellt! i am convinced it's the secret smuggling compartment for the typewritten revolution!

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  10. I'm pretty sure I have at least a couple of Rem portable #3 or #2 cases with that lid compartment. (I'm in Thailand now so can't check). I've been trying to collect all the colors - an idea inspired by the suggestion on your website!

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