Buying, fixing, and selling.

Today I walked into the antique mall for my weekly dose of stress relief. I was searching for an old license plate to use as a paper tray for my Olympia SG1. At this point I have a reputation there: “It’s the typewriter guy!” and, ” How are you, Mr. Typewriter?” All typewriter collectors understand this experience. Other shoppers stared at the tall man with the porkpie hat. “Typewriters?” People understand antique furniture, jewelry, and kitsch, but typewriters in the age of the iPhone?

In any case, sellers and staff directed my attention to various machines. There was an overpriced Underwood 5 waiting to become someone’s decoration. I looked at a Royal O. I was not interested, but I told the seller (a trusty connection) that he could get a good price for it. He finally showed me to another seller who was flummoxed by a Smith Corona taking up space in her booth. I was not interested, but they lowered and lowered the price. I checked out the machine: a 1953 Super whose only issue seemed to be a broken draw-band. $25.00. I supposed that I could salvage it and sell it. I lately have had success selling a few of my typewriters. So, why not? I am now in the business of fixing and selling.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Richard P says:

    So hard to say no when someone is practically putting a typewriter in your arms!

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  2. John Cooper says:

    That’s a nice typewriter–I have one a lot like it. I can see from the scale that it’s got one of the elite typefaces–either the No. 66, which is just like the type on Royals and office standard Smith-Coronas from the same period, or the No. 77 “Presidential” elite, which has the same number of characters per inch but a lower letter height. In any case, I’m no good with machinery, but for $25 I’d definitely give it a go and see if I could fix the drawband. Especially if I were the kind of guy who’ll use a license plate as a paper table. 🙂

    Whoever had Connecticut K679 had it for a long time. By 1966 the era of four-character license plates was long over.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      I’ve run into a little trouble with the typewriter’s spring coil frame. It’s been bent, I think. It needs some contouring, but I have a Silent Super to use for comparison. If the type case stands out, I’ll keep it..

      Good to know about the license plate! It certainly looks older than ‘66.


      1. John Cooper says:

        By looking through what I might call the “Connecticut License Plate Database Page,” I’d date that plate fairly confidently between 1920 and 1931. Connecticut is one of the states that lets you keep a license plate your whole life, if you want it, moving it from car to car.

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      2. mcfeats says:

        Wow. I had no idea. Thank you, John.

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