Sunday, December 15, 2013

ABC Typewriter 1960

A more detailed description:

In 1955 the Koch's Adler Sewing Machine Company of Bielefeld, Germany, launched its first typewriter, a portable machine that immediately stood apart from all other typewriters of the 1950s. The reason was its slender brilliant design, the work of the Bauhaus pioneer Prof. Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Neatly bringing together all the modern features of a typewriter of its time, the ABC was made to look good from every perspective and on any decor. Adding even more to the fantastic lines, the ABC was produced in different bold color combinations.

The machine on offer was made in 1960 and features a glossy pinkish-orange color with 44 ivory keys (88 characters). This model was made just after introduction of the ribbon selector device (with a lever at the right side of the machine, see picture 3), offering two-color plus stencil. Another nice feature of this ABC is a red triangle on the right carriage handle which warns the typist of the page end approaching.

Brand: ABC
Manufacturer: Koch Adler Nähmaschinen Werke A.G. – Bielefeld, West Germany
Designer: Prof. Wilhelm Wagenfeld (1900-1990), Bauhaus pioneer
Serial Number: 3-59116
Year of production: 1960 
Production period: 1955-1963
Keyboard: german QWERTZ
Weight: 4 Kg

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Smith-Corona "The Ghost" Typewriter

"The Ghost" typewriter (a.k.a. refurbished and chromed Smith-Corona)has arrived. Before you feel WOW about this note that, despite the very high price tag, it present the symptoms of the "skipping spaces randomly" syndrome. But in terms of look it is as nice as pictured in the various online photos and I am even hopeful to be able to contact somewhen next week one of the only typewriters repairs in Zürich that might fix the space skipping issue.  In terms of writing comfort I did hear a lot about this Smith-Corona model and, not because of the space skipping, I have to rate this as pretty much average. Just in memory of previous ill judgments on the olivetti valentine I did try it again side by side and I have to say that the Valentine is way better. It might be because both the two Valentine I have are in very good conditions (the one I use in my office was totally new and unboxed for the first time). In terms of precious typewriters the  Gold Plated Royal Quiet De Luxe is also way better. 

Sorry for sounding a bit negative / too frank on this ! Perhaps the look compensate some of these deficiencies !

With hindsight perhaps typewriters in their original state are not better either...or simply better ?! 

What do you think? Feel free to let me know though the comments ! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Remington Streamliner Typewriter

The Remington Streamliner makes it as my 2013 Birthday gift to myself. Bought at a premium price as "revitalized" one it is in good conditions (and excellent visual conditions) but with some technical quirks (the more worrying a possible "a full word in one single space syndrome" when it gets stuck but working on fixing. In following my new found love for American typewriters the Dr. Jekyll typewriters collector in me is secretly plotting to buy a Remington noiseless (thanks to Richard  for the kind advice).

Do you have a Remington 5 or similar and a noiseless one ? Let me know your review of both in the comments or on your own blog.  Did you ever encounter this stuck - not advancement sometimes - quick in a Remington and know how to fix it ?  (possibly without a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering ) Let me know in the comments ! Thanks !!! 

Below you can find the Etsy photos. Is it me or seller photos do always look better? :) 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Royal Safari Typewriter

Royal Safari Typewriter: A Review

This is not a new machine but one that I never featured in my blog before. Somehow an "hidden in plain sight treasure". The Royal Safari typewriter is highly recommended if you love the 60's-70's design and are looking for something truly special. Do you like the new blog template ? Which is your favourite U.S. Typewriter ? Let me know in the comments ! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Neckermann Brilliant Junior Typewriter - the smallest and most portable ? Are smaller typefaces cooler?

okay it looks like I was a bit too optimistic on the Lytro capacity in the dark ... the above photos are taken from an iphone 5 and do reflect the real color of the typewriter (light blue) and on the lytro it looks more like a green but as I did spend some time trying to take some decent ones I am happy to share these too - sorry for the poor quality this time !