Thursday, July 17, 2014

Riverside Antiquing and Type-in with Anna S.

I've been meaning to go typewriter hunting at the antique shops in Riverside, CA again. I haven't been since I last met up Anna S. of A Machine for the End of the World back in 2012 and for some reason or other, i don't ever thing i posted about that.

We finally met up again this past Tuesday. We went antiquing at several shops and pretty much saw at least one typewriter at every stop. Here's what we saw:

Remington Portable for $35. After Anna got the typebars to lift, it actually typed, no top half of the case though.

cleaned up by a typewriter guy, said the shop owner. $125. Not a bad deal since it was in pretty good shape.

Good luck selling this for $70 saying it needs its "return repaired"... it might happen but it might take a while also

$279 - it wont find a home other than the antique shop

30% off of $139 on this Vision 2000 typewriter


blurry pic of late 50s or early 60s Underwood... cant remember the price.

Rusted Underwood 5

Underwood 11 for $110

Another Underwood 11, no price 

I think this was $85

Skyriter for $39

Royal Saturn... cant remember the price

Art that freaked me the F out. Artist apparently was a female and this might be her male muse. Disturbing.

Royal Safari $59

This was a Remington Noiseless but my other pic was too blurry. Anna said that this one was truly noiseless

Birdcage mansion... they wanted $750

Sears Correct-O-Sphere?? Why the "Sphere"? See below

Anna pointed out the golf ball shaped typing element
After our antiquing we got some lunch and then typed-in at the attached restaurant:

I ended up bringing the Orange Underwood Portable I acquired Monday and she brought her Royal QDL. I also brought my SM9 which stayed in the car and my L33 which we didn't get to.

I'm sure Anna will write about anything i forgot and even have pics I don't have.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Antiquing and a New Typewriter: Underwood Portable. In Orange???

This past monday, I felt adventurous. The night before I had made a good off eBay deal to get a new Underwood typewriter but I didn't need to meet the lady until later in the afternoon so I had a couple hours to spare. I decided to check out some antique shops in nearby Long Beach. Here's what i saw:
only $15 for this useless machine?

This one was somewhat interesting. No price but it seemed that the dealer was willing to bargain. German layout Remington. It worked and if i didn't have so many machines already, I would have been tempted

This other 3 story shop I went to had nothing but 

I then found Urban Americana which is the best laid out antique ship/mall I've yet to see. It was high end but lots of typewriters inside:

There's an Underwood portable out there without its case

I saw that this was missing some linkages in the typebasket but the machine seemed to work fine without them


I made a deal with a lady who was selling an Underwood Portable. Based on the pictures, I thought it was red. I drove to Seal Beach's Leisure World to pick up the typewriter.
I gave her the $35 which i had bargained down from $45. I asked if she knew any of the backstory on it and she said that it belonged to a man who used to live in Leisure World. I asked, "used to?" Her face changed to somber for a couple seconds and almost like an admission of guilt, she said the gentleman had died recently and he was a hoarder and they discovered 6 typewriters in his house. I'm not sure how it works inside Leisure World but i'm guessing that there were no heirs or if there were they didn't want the machines. And after that, does it go to auction to the residents of Leisure World? or is it a free-for-all, first come first serve? No idea.

 I got back to the car and opened the case and the machine is orange!!!
sanitized the hell and death out of it

Warranty says 1931 but SN 454120 is 1929
I was wondering if Orange was its original color or if it had been painted. Quick search confirms that these orange ones did truly come out of the factory like this. Thanks to Robert Messenger again - his post here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Germans win World Cup, Return to Typewriters?

Came across this article and thought I'd share:

Daily Dot

So our beloved typewriter still has some utility outside of collectors and enthusiasts.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Search for Spock: Typewriter Antiquing

Spock was thought to be dead, much like our beloved typewriter. While his body seemed to perish, his mind was still alive within Bones McCoy, once again much like our typewriter. Risking everything, the Enterprise crew adventure out to give peace to Spock and through a series of improbable events, actually end up resurrecting him, saving his life.

This past week I sought typewriters in the wild and saw a lot of them, although there is still a long way to go.

I want to experience finding a special typer out there in the Undiscovered Country, in the Final Frontier. What I saw included the special, the strange, the standard, and the shameful:

I pass by this antique mall everyday for the last 2 years and always wondered what was inside. I finally made a stop in. I saw this Underwood Portable with Cyrillic keys. Decent shape and it typed but...

i probably would never use it but at least the price wasn't offensive
Next I saw this beast. For some reason, the LC Smith standards just don't do it for me. Royals, Remingtons, Underwoods... those just look better.

Good luck selling this for $175. It typed but quite common.
Very common Smith Corona super 5

shit price. I bought one of these for $25 over 2 years ago. crazy percentage increase.

"Your"... and how the hell am i supposed to decide to buy without testing it? I didnt type on it because signs like these irritate me.
That was all that was in that antique shop. I drove 10min to find another shop that had these 2 electric machines:

The next day i ventured farther away to Ontario, CA.
Despite it's seemingly humble and small size on the outside, it was pretty massive inside and had a really expansive outdoor area 

no price and frozen to death


Then de ja vu. I couldnt believe my eyes:
A few weeks ago, Greg Fudacz in the Antique Typewriter Collectors group on Facebook shared a Boston Craigslist ad for a Smith Premier Typewriter that was spray painted red. Looks like it hasnt sold yet:

Smith Premier No. 1 Typewriter, 1888 - $100 (Abington)

At least this is a more garden variety machine

crap spray paint job too. I hope this isnt becoming a trend.

Then i saw the coolest typewriter of the day:
What is it? I thought. Is it a Smith Premier? 

Apparently it's a Burroughs of some sort. I've never seen one of these like this. It has a light attached to it on the right on the machine. It has that giant scroll of paper, Kerouac would have liked that feature im sure.
And what of that light? Was that an after-market modification?
and strange that the space bar is located within the keys. 

$150 but thing was most giant typewriter i'd ever seen. It was a sight to behold. Probably weighed a good 50 lbs.
That was it for Ontario. Best typewriter prices I have yet to see. Next I drove to Pomona which is famous and good for only one thing, at least in my eyes:
But Pomona is also know for it's Antique Row: instead of a bar crawl, you do an antique shop crawl. There are shops that specialize in toys, military, chinese, fishing, etc, but i opted to go to the antique malls there.
Here are the typers, among other things, i saw:

Not used to looking up to find typers 

how annoying. but typers do catch your interest.

And there you have it. Nothing that really tempted me. I decided to go to antique shops/malls now because there is a serious drought on craigslist in my area. There is a scarcity of good typers. An absolute dearth of value. But even antique shops arent immune to the anti-abundance. I called every one in orange county and no one has typers. I even tried calling about 10 pawn shops. The general message: "I havent seen one in 10 years." Someone even said that even if they were approached to have it pawned, he'd pass on it. That's sad news. But that's part of the fun: the hunt.
Hopefully next week sometime, i'll go to check out some more antique shops.