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.|
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|
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:
|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?|
|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.