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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Indigo Robes for a Remington Monarch

Apart dragging this Monarch out from storage, taking it apart, cleaning it, repainting it and putting it back together in good working order, and trying to get a much-neglected Imperial 66 operational again, I have received four typewriters already this week, and Wednesday is only just dawning. One more Remington portable is due to arrive today.
On Monday I picked up a gift from a Canberra gentleman, Graham, a Remington portable which had belonged to his late wife, and a burgundy Bambino arrived. Yesterday I picked up an immaculate Underwood 3 and received a gorgeous, big font Torpedo Model 14 from Germany:
I will be posting on these machines shortly. My collection of Torpedos now extends to the 12 (Imperial Mead),  14, 16, 18, 20, 30, the Remtor and one as yet unidentified model, so I will post on all of them at some stage. Mention of the Remington Monarch brings me to one Torpedo on German eBay I won't be buying (although at least this Remington Monarch has some colour):




8 comments:

Richard P said...

Ah, the wonders of the typosphere! How nice that one silveriz/sed SG1 -- which I'm looking at right now atop a piece of furniture in Ohio -- can inspire the purplis/zation of a Remington in Canberra. And although I'm not usually a big fan of '60s design, I have to say it looks wonderful!

Scott Kernaghan said...

Wow! That black Torpedo is gorgeous!

Nice work on the Monarch by the way. Looks great.

Robert Messenger said...

Thank you Richard and Scott. Yes, I agree, the Typosphere is a truly wondrous place, capable of all sorts of inspiration, motivation and realis/zation. I met Scott Kernaghan through the Typosphere, and now Australia's first Type-In beckons. I may bring one of these machines with me.
Please keep up the neat ideas, you two!

Bill M said...

Great job on the Monarch. Those other typewriters look very nice.

Robert Messenger said...

Thank you Bill. The Underwood 3 is one of those rare things, bought in the 20s in Sydney, left in its case, put in a cupboard and left untouched for probably 80 years or more. Not a single scratch on it! The case unmarked, too. And the Torpedo has such a big font for so small a machine. Ten characters to the inch, but it looks more like 14-point. I look forward to posting on it.

Rob Bowker said...

The purple looks almost like a factory finish and it goes well with the rest of the trim and decals - good choice. And maybe the Underwood 3 bank didn't have such an easy life, it has seen some action going from the indentations on the platen.

Ryan Adney said...

Those Underwood 3-Bans are small machines. I think they look great, too. Still on the hunt for one.

shordzi said...

Drool... plus purple fits the King.