A Blue Bird 15A Typewriter Flying to Florida.

Like all typewriter collectors, I’m always on the hunt for a rare typewriter at a good price. I frequently look up Torpedo, Triumph, Erika, Halda, and Continental typewriters, but rarely find them at attractive prices. Tonight I had some luck birding. I discovered a 15A Blue Bird typewriter being sold for a decent price from the UK. The machine looks to be in great condition, albeit the case is in only fair condition. I forgot to copy the photos before sealing the deal, which means that I can’t access the photos anymore. What’s the point of that feature, Ebay? So I lifted this photo from Robert Messenger’s great website. I don’t think he’ll mind. https://oztypewriter.blogspot.com/2012/02/torpedo-typewriters.html. As Messenger points out, Blue Birds were Torpedos marketed for the international consumer. The 15A has a flat body which I’m sure was popular for travel. I hope its flight to Florida is speedy and safe.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Arau says:

    Hoping it arrives safely. Looking forward to your iminent report typed from this machine.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. John Cooper says:

    You seem to be doing what I plan to do next year…focus on a few remarkable models and search out great examples of them. I’m vicariously enjoying the hunt!

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    1. mcfeats says:

      I guess that IS what I’m doing. I also admitted that there are some machines that I’ll never see in my backyard. Hence the transatlantic shipping. Although I am worried about what these typewriters will think of Florida: “What is this? An alligator? Does it eat typewriters? Are you listening to Jimmy Buffet again? Help.”


      1. John Cooper says:

        Tell me you’re not listening to Jimmy Buffett again.

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      2. mcfeats says:

        Only after listening to “Hotel California” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” These are the staples to Florida’s musical diet.


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