Two rows of typewriters lined up on a wooden table. From front to back, left to right are a curvy black '48 Smith-Corona Clipper with glass keys, a '49 Grey boxy Royal Quiet De Luxe with tombstone glass keys, a dirty '55 Royal Quiet De Luxe with green keys, a gray '57 Remington Rand Quiet-Riter with green keys, a bright 1960s teal Remington Streamliner, a blue and cream colored late 60s Smith-Corona Galaxie Deluxe, a green early 70s Smith-Corona Classic 12, and a low slung 70s blue metal Brother Correction 11.

A photo of the burgeoning typewriter collection so far. 

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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. @onewildcrow Typing everything in lower case seems so e. e. cummings—a ’40s Smith-Corona Clipper fan, btw—like the black 1949 machine in in the front left of the photo.

    I’ve fixed at least two different shift issues on these machines using videos on YouTube and either a screwdriver or a pair of pliers. If you can describe what your shift issue is, maybe we can track down a quick-and-dirty solution for you? My Brother Charger 11 (blue machine on the right in the last row) is fairly similar to the 250 and I need to pull it apart to fix a few things myself, so if looking at the shift set up on a working model is useful, I’m happy to help.

    I think your lower case solution is so much more romantic though… Don’t let me talk you into anything.

  2. @patrickrhone Which one? The ’49 Henry Dreyfuss with tombstone keys in the front or the rounder green keyed ’55 in the second row?

    I’m holding my breath to find a ’48 version with the grey center stripe in an elite typeface. Our fellow QDL typists include the likes Anne Sexton, Clifford Odets, Stephen King, Edward R. Murrow, Marlon Brando, Virginia Cowles, Theodore Sturgeon, S.J. Perelman, David Niven, and Claire Chennault.

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