Typospherians have commented on how the exact same model portable typewriter can sometimes vary considerably in quality from machine to machine. This could be a classic example. Or it might be a classic case of a typewriter manufacturer cutting the cost of the high-quality production of a very good typewriter and coming up with a later model which is a markedly inferior.
At the end of his excellent post on his Facit TP1 portable typewriter, Richard Polt wrote, “Now, of course, I'm curious about the TP2. Did they manage to improve on this machine?”
This led me to take out of storage and clean up another Facit portable I have, the first one I bought – many years before the fabulous TP1 on which I posted last October.
I remember being a little disappointed in my first Facit when fellow Australian collector, Richard Amery, delivered it to me way back then. But I pretty quickly put that out of my mind and promptly forgot about the machine.
Perhaps this explains why I found my later TP1 such an unexpected delight.
I don't have the TP2 that Richard Polt asked about. What I have is two TP1s that are so very different in quality. The earlier one just feels and somehow looks so different from my later TP1 (which is back in storage, so I can’t put them side by side for a comparison).
As I emailed Richard just now, “My very much amateur assessment is that it is not a patch on the other TP1, which was a joy to type with – the workmanship, finish, quality of materials, everything is so much better on the other TP1. I wonder whether it’s a simple case of the cost of production of the TP1 being scaled back?”
Anyway, without further adieu, I give you my other, much lesser Facit portable typewriter:
Compare this with my superior TP1 and Richard's TP1 (and finally in this sequence, what I think is the same model as my inferior TP1 - like mine, definitely a different machine):
Here is the TP2:
Alan Seaver Collection