Monday, December 7, 2015

Remington Fleetwing

I thought readers might enjoy some shots of a machine I just cleaned up for sale at The Urban Legend Institute.

What a difference a few years make. What used to be a metal-clad, bulbous Quiet-Riter is now a plastic fantastic, angular '60s creation made in Holland—but the interior mechanism is the same, sturdy design.

This is the color known as Sapphire Blue, although the plastic has yellowed a bit.



Here's the user's manual.

8 comments:

  1. Reminds me of my Ten Forty, another Sundberg design. Curious if these are Remington mechanics or Torpedo, since they come from Europe?

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    1. Remington. It is essentially the mechanism introduced in 1949 on their portables.

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  2. Gotta say I really like the looks of these plastic Remmies, but never much liked the feel..

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    1. You'd like this one if you like Quiet-Riters.

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    2. orly? I had a Ten-Fourty that I absolutely despised thanks to the touch. I suppose my experience with them has been limited, as they don't show up at thrifts hereabout much.

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    3. At least some of the Ten Fortys are Torpedo designs and related to the Travel-Riter. This one is a different mechanism.

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  3. I like that design better than the originals. I had a few Smith-Corona typewriters cross my desk that were made in Holland, but none typed any good.

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  4. I believe this impregnated color plastic was called cycolic, and was supposed to be stronger than some of the metal typewriters.
    Someone gave me a dirty Remington 1040, and I was amazed at how solid it is, and how nicely it types

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