When a friend says, "I've got to attend a meeting, I'll be gone for a short while, help yourself to my typewriters, don't hesitate to use them" - then you know you have a good friend indeed, a true friend for life. Especially when that Typospherian friend is Richard Polt and his typewriter collection is one of the finest it would be possible to see - and use!
Alma Jolson (Italy, ca 1955) - name variant of the Antares Parva, sold in USI didn't avail of this opportunity as well as I might - time ran out on me before I could type with a Alma Jolson Antares, a true beauty that I was itching to caress with my two typing fingers. And there were many others I didn't get to (I hadn't taken up the invitation to type on a gorgeous green Triumph Norm 6 that Richard has in his attic at home). But hopefully there will be other chances in future years - my life is now committed to returning to the United States, to attend another Herman Price gathering (and make a presentation there) and to meet up with Richard in Cincinnati once more.
Triumph Norm 6 #656801 (West Germany, 1952)For the time being, here are some typecasts I did using typewriters Richard has in his office at Xavier University:
Emerson No 3 #8367 (ca 1910)
Sorry 'bout the "tping" typo.
Underwood Standard Portable Typewriter #12408 (1921)
Consul Silent #ZP-185854 (Czechoslovakia, ca 1961)
Groma Gromina #505711 (East Germany, 1953)
(From the Herman Price Collection, added here for comparison purposes.)It’s a Fürstenberg, not a Fürsterband (silly me!). And now that I look more closely at the two, I'm no longer convinced. Far from it. I think I've yet again jumped to false conclusions ...
Underwood De Luxe Quiet Tab portable #AB2668636 (ca 1955)
Swissa Junior #136353 (Switzerland, ca 1955)
Triumph DeJur Perfekt #1231288 (West Germany, ca 1960)
Remington Rand, ca 1949?
Fox portable #1 #302 (USA, 1917)
Masspro #002707 (USA, 1932)My heart is sinking, as just before posting on this, I received a spreadsheet from Herman Price, which shows that Richard's Masspro is one of only 17 known to exist in the world (and Herman has three of them!). The serial numbers of the known Masspros range from 1009 to 2977 and most of them are held in collections in Europe (with just seven in the US).
INTERESTING MACHINES I DIDN'T TYPECAST WITH
Helios-Klimax #13660 (Germany, ca 1919) with Spanish keyboard
Tip Tip #5606 (Czechoslovakia, 1936)
Original Matous #CC 832 (Czechoslovakia, ca 1950)
MBM Mercury #ZP-80235 (Czechoslovakia, 1957) -- name variant of the Consul