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This blog is about the daily activities in a busy typewriter shop. I want to share with you the many interesting people who come in here, the beautiful machines I get and most of all the great typewriter stories that people share with me!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

More Interesting Stuff (for lack of a better title).

This 1943 Hermes Baby has a cool looking marbled paint job.

This 1932 Remington Sixteen is the first one I've worked on.

We've been getting a lot of Woodstock's in lately.


  1. Tom, it's always encouraging to hear that business is going strong. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow--a WWII typewriter that has seen the frontlines! Can't wait to hear that story!

  3. Good to hear your business is going strong. Thanks for sharing those neat old typewriters that still look like new thanks to your hard work.

  4. According to official Remington records, the model 16 started at Z400,000 in September 1931. Z405972 was made in December 1931. Jack made it look gorgeous!

    Be sure to let us all know about your next type-out. There could be big media interest ...

  5. There are worse things than being low on stock -- it sounds like your shop is clacking away furiously, churning out page after page of satisfied customers.

  6. I have a same-year Baby with the same finish: I wonder if that was a wartime concession, or just a style that never took off? When I first found it I thought the paint job had been badly scratched. It was one of those lucky-find days at the thrift store.

    The Baby is a so/so typer... maybe it needs some TLC in your shop!

  7. Today I picked up a Remington Remette, it has a nice solid feel to the typing that surprised me. At first I thought it was missing parts on the left hand side, like a platen knob, but it also had the original user manual, showing, no that is by design, and it is kind of clever.

    I have bid on a number of Hermes rockets and baby typewriters, but they always go up a little higher than I am willing to pay. I have to account for my shop time to get them back into shape and have some hope of at least not losing money, should it ever occur that I sell one. I haven'd decided yet if I am in the typewriter storage or sales business.

    I like the myTypewriter.com site, very cool looking. Do you think at the prices they list they are in the sales or storage business?

    1. Hi. I've just acquired a 1939 Remington Remette in very good shape, and it types beautifully. But there's no user manual. Is there any way of getting a copy of yours, please?



  8. Ton- ... and thank you for sharing.

    Vikram- I'm really hoping that there is a story to go with the Corona too. Not always the case though. Thanks.

    Bill- it's a very satisfying thing to make these tired old machines sing again. Thanks.

    Richard- Thanks for the official info. I know the tw-db is off a bit here and there. I know what you mean about the media interest. Let's hope for a early spring.

    Cameron- I know I'll get more machines in soon enough, I just hate disappointing all the people who want to buy something now. In the meantime we'll keep clacking away. Thanks!

    Mike- you're so lucky to have that model Baby, and a thrift store find to boot. Wow! I'm looking out for one for me now. It would be a great machine to keep in the car so I have a machine in my travels to use. Thanks.

    mostly Thumbs- I like typing on the Remettes. I've repaired so many of them over the last ten years that I have become fond of using them. I like the Hermes lightweights too but they have become very collectable and pricey.

  9. I'm so pleased to hear how busy you are. It raises my spirits (no kidding) to know there is a growing appreciation for these wonderful machines and the thoughtful pace they call for. Good luck with new acquisitions.

    Jeff The Bear

  10. The Typewriter Man from EnglandJanuary 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Just thought you might like to know that the Hermes Baby was licence-made here in England as the Empire Aristocrat from the late 1930's to the early 1960's. The factory in West Bromwich was then bought by Smith Corona to make the SCM Corsair. The Aristocrat is identical to the Hermes in every respect and is an excelent lightweight machine. People are beginning to catch on, and prices of these are rising here.

  11. Thank you for that info Typewriter Man!