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Friday 8 November 2013

Depression Era Portable Typewriters Championship, Bout Two: Royal Junior v Underwood Junior

(Sold in Australia by Sydney Pincombe)
(Sold in Australia by Stott & Underwood)

 Remie Scout 
 Monarch Pioneer 


Anonymous said...

I like the Royal's arm sitting akimbo, but for me the Remington's smile is a winner.

And "Made in the British Empire"? Weasel words if ever I saw them.

Anonymous said...

Underwood, not Remington. Sorry

Will Davis said...

Excellent! I believe we have a great developing story here, and we'll all better be able to relate these depression era machines to each other after the dust has settled! Well done, I say and keep them coming! I hope it's as much fun to do as it is to read.

Rob Bowker said...

I'm sorry, but the absence of a bell on a typewriter is like a car with no steering wheel. I wonder what part of the British Empire put the Royal together? I remember, growing up, that "Empire Made" was often seen on goods - perhaps second-hand by then, I suppose. Great contest!

TonysVision said...

I love the look of the Underwood. Probably because I don't have one, and therefor lust for it. But my passion will need to remain unsatisfied. I have acquired my last typewriter.

Richard P said...

Very entertaining, I look forward to the next round.

Bantams were all made in 1938. Wasn't that still the Depression? Or were we in an anemic recovery then, as we are now?

Miguel Chávez said...

I used to have a Corona Junior, and I still have a Remington Junior somewhere. The Remington is a bare-bones machine with only the most indispensable features; the Corona at least had a backspace. It also had a better typing feel and action than the Remington; alas, I had to let it go. But if I had to compare them, I'm pretty sure the Corona would win hands down that shoutout.

Bill M said...

Those are some wonderful looking typewriters. I think I need to increase my 1930s era part of my collection.

Wonderful post. I look forward to the future ones.

David Lawrence said...

Well, run and tell your mother! I just finished a marathon fitting a fractional to my beloved Imperial Model T and what do I see Robert doing? Platen surgery. My usual rut is once I can drag myself away from my typers is to jump online and see what Mr M is up to. As he said of needing four hands [or more] I was struggling with the l/h end of my Model T and trying to hold the platen line feed cog against it's spring, the line feed selector and it's associated parts [3 more springs] in place and fit it into position when the phone rang...

It is now all in place and works perfectly, meaning my IGCM T is 99.99% there, it just needs it's ribbon shuttle adjusted for full red printing to make it the cat's whiskers.

BTW:Excellent photos for a solo effort Robert!