Typewritten index card that reads: Over the past few days I've managed to purchase four typewriters at auction. They all look to be in workable condition, though they may need some cleaning and TLC. Posts pending as they arrive... 
* Brother Charger 11   
* Smith-Corona Classic 12   
* Smith-Corona Galaxie Deluxe   
* Remington Rand Quiet Riter

How the typewriter collection is coming along.

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Chris Aldrich

I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

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  1. @chrisaldrich I definitely want to see the SCM Galaxie Deluxe. (My mom's college typewriter was a Galaxie portable)

  2. @chrisaldrich This is a blast from the past. These photos could be the typewriter my grandparents gave me, new in the early 1970’s just before I entered high school. It’s the typewriter that saw me through university.

    At $18 you got a great buy and I’m jealous. As you point out with the features, this manual typewriter had just about everything you could cram into a portable and it all works! And IMHO it has an attractive design to it to boot.

    I’m happy you found such a great bargain.

  3. @writingslowly Personally, I double checked twice before I bought it via online auction to make sure it was a manual typewriter and not an electric because of it. When they say power though, they mean mechanical power through and through. I’ll try to get a video of what it does (and maybe how, once I’ve got it opened for cleaning.)

  4. @chrisaldrich It’s just so beautiful. I don’t need one, I positively know that, after fiddling with it for the novelty of the first days, I would not use a typewriter on the long run. But they’re so beautiful… My wife is already looking at me funny, she knows my face when I look fascinated by something on the internet. She knows it will costs us money and she will have to bear with a new gadget lying around .

  5. @writingslowly A short snippet video of how the “Power-Space” button works on the SCM Galaxie Deluxe manual typewriter. (Note there is no electrical power involved.)

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    Video of a blue Smith-Corona Galaxie Deluxe in which a finger is pressing the Power Space button and the carriage of the typewriter ratchets its way quickly across the machine

  6. @chrisaldrich Another great find! I like the powder coat finish, the 1950’s styling and the green keys.

    I just had a thought about typecasting with a manual typewriter, one can blog even when the power goes out. Just crank out those cards and post them later when the power comes back on. Candles not included.

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