Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The journey to Greensburg

Indiana Highway 46 -- a quiet, rolling drive so much better than the Interstate it parallels:

A Greensburg landmark: the tower tree that grows on top of the Decatur County courthouse.

Like most midwestern county seats, Greensburg has an attractive square around the courthouse, lined with small businesses.

A few blocks away is Jackson Office Equipment:

In a large shed behind the now-empty store, the machines are arranged on shelves.

Notice the device glimpsed at the bottom of the picture below. It's an early electronic calculator with a round display screen. It's in pieces.

I wanted to save all of these machines, but of course I couldn't. After making my selection, I headed back on Route 46, passing through Batesville.

"You Can't Beat Batesville":

A major local industry is coffinmaking.

So what did I rescue?

These are my backseat passengers.

There's a Smith-Corona Super-Speed that seems to work like a charm despite decades of neglect.

I saved this Remington 17 because I just like the action so much.

This was an exciting acquisition: a Victor adder with streamlined bakelite housing. I've wanted one of these for some time. After taking this picture I cleaned it up. It looks gorgeous and runs fine. I'll post more pictures on the blog eventually.

I grabbed this little Remington Rand adder even though it's probably frozen and has no value.
Behind it is a rusty Oliver 9 that was brought over by the local retired Royal repairman who donated my parts cabinets. My garage is becoming a hoarder's paradise ...

I also grabbed this cute little checkwriter adder.

I couldn't resist saving the R. C. Allen Visomatic. I'm fond of these typewriters even though they seem to attract filth like magnets. This thing looks quite foul, but I hope it will clean up OK.

Quiz: can you identify the manufacturers of the typewriters in these cases?

If you find your heart bleeding for the remaining doomed machines, and if you're within driving distance of Greensburg, Indiana, call Bob Jackson now at 812-663-2156.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Remington De Luxe KMC

The regular Remington KMC (see comparison to KMM here)

Can you find it?

The Endicator shows red when you remove the platen:

Remove the paper tray to get a clear view of the lever that activates the Endicator.
When the lever goes up, the Endicator turns red. The lever is supposed to poke through
a slot in the paper tray and into a groove in the platen (I assume). The position of
the lever can be adjusted.

Opening the back panel is a breeze:

I almost forgot about one more "deluxe" feature, the shiny feet.
These are also found on the De Luxe Remington Noiseless standard.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Recent typewriter sightings

Just some miscellaneous images for your amusement ...

Seen in the stationery aisle at T. J. Maxx:

... in the book section at Cincinnati's Shake It Records:

... where I saw another sinister typewriter in a collection of images from horror comics:

... and finally, a page from my agenda. Yes, I still use a paper calendar.