Thursday, 21 November 2013

Father and Son (...or something like that)

It is funny when i bought a 1950's Remington Rand Quiet-Riter a couple of weeks ago. It is exactly the same machine as the ones i sold half a year ago. I still have the advertisement on my website. It is ironic because the reason i didn't keep those machines is because i didn't had a attachment with them. Now...i have exactly the same machine, and i do. However, it is in way better shape then the other one was. The case is better on this one and although one of the carriage release leavers has broken off (this was like this when i got it) this machine is in way better shape. A quick mountain goat, with a very crisp touch and very attractive too look at.
Now, a couple of days ago i got a call from a friend in a village nearby. He works at the thrift store there and buys some machines for me there now and then. The Quiet-Riter also came from him a while ago. He told me he had two more typewriters. A Olympia B12, which i'll show later and a Remington Rand Super-Riter. The big model. Well, that was ironic too because it turned out to be a wide carriage model and for over 3 years, close to the birth of my collecting habit, i bought a Royal KMM (sold) that came with a Remington cover from the fifties for the wide carriage machines. And as it turns out, this was the exact model i was getting, without cover. I looked up on the internet and found that i got the machine that comes with the cover for $10!!! It is a real office classic. Worn down and heavily used but cared for and in a very interesting shape, seeing the typical wearmarks machines receive when they are heavily used. The scent of perfume is still present and this clearly isn't a home machine but a office machine.

Immidiatly i have to think of MoneyPenny in James Bond with the typewriter on her desk. Somebody like that has been using this.

When i received the typewriter, it was clear the machine was heavily used. Both the carriage release switches were so pushed down that it didn't full disengage the carriage rail, and made a rattling noise. The escapement as well was very loose because it had been used so heavily and wasn't functioning very well. However, with some patience, i manage to get it working again, and now the carriage is more silent then my other machines. The paint isn't great, but this isn't a machine based on appeal, but more on performance. It is suprisingly silent for a big machine like this and rather easy to use, unlike a Royal KGM or a Royal 440. This is a very nice machine to use. It is equipped with a few interesting features, including the famous Olympia SG1/SG3 four ribbon vibrator settings. It isn't as advanced though, missing and showing the basics overal. 
The fact that i like about it that this machine has the shiny finish. Underneath is a picture from Alan Seaver's collection
I am more fond of the shiny because i think the crinkle finish is more common and less attractive. It looks so robust. I don't know. This is my opinion.

 The Remington Rand Super-Riter machine. A very robust looking typewriter, isn't it?

And the 50's Remington Rand Quiet-Riter. The portable version of the one pictured above.

The price tag is still on the handle. The receipt for what i paid for it said $6.41 CAD, Not a bad price at all...

I think i got a awesome price for both these machines and as the big one is my most recent purchase as of November 21st 2013, i thought a post was in order.

Let me know what you think.


  1. Nice typewriters. I actually own the Super-Riter that used to be in Alan's collection -- he sold it to me a few years ago. But it is currently on loan to a local school musical theater group that wants it for an office scene. I like the glossy finish on yours!

    1. Yes, I think it is just a matter of taste. But where I live, the crinkle paint finish and wide carriage models are fairly common. Okay, I have the wide carriage installation, but a shiny paint finish is not something I have come across that much yet.