Parting with a typewriter.

As all collectors understand, it is sometimes necessary to let machines go as one’s collection expands and takes on definition. My collection splits into two categories: 1) pre-1940s machines that I occasionally type on but always gawk at, and 2) 1950s to 1960s machines that can withstand heavy writing. I don’t have a lot of 1940s machines, but I am going to part with my 1941 Royal Arrow to lighten my load. I also plan to sell a Royal KMM, a 1950s Smith Corona Sterling, and a couple of other machines.

Pricing a typewriter for sale is a strange process. Prices are all over the place and there is no blue book. Some sellers ask for outlandish money; others are below the mark. This Arrow has no case. Its mechanics are excellent. It could use new rubber. I have it listed for $60 on an app. Let’s see if the fish are biting.

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