12.30.2015

1923 Remington Portable No. 1!!


full view of the machine

front view

detail of keys

old decal worn out

this decal isn't worn though

typebars down

typebars raised

typebars raised

command cluster

ribbon vibrator

typebars raised

typebar control

7 comments:

  1. Great images of a great machine! Use it in good health. I've also been way behind on my blog and am happy to see yours up an running :-)

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  2. Congratulations on a fine typewriter!

    Happy New Year!

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  3. Congratulations! This one looks in great shape too - the 'command centre' looks suitably complex :-)
    Not been able to experience an early #1 yet, but tinkering with several #2's made me really appreciate this very clever and robust machine. Again congrats, mikka bra :-)

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  4. I sometimes wonder if mine has missing parts. It types, just about OK but it isn't really a pleasure to do so. Still, I keep it for the awesome type bar raising trick. Happy New Year Vic.

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  5. Lovely machine. Interestingly, it's different than my Rem 1 with a Nordic keyboard in that mine has the 'Søren Kierkegaard' memorial Ø with a slash through it as well as the umlauts and the 'åÅ' key. I wonder if mine was possibly re-purposed by Remington for overseas use. It's a 20s machine (I don't have it in front of me but my memory's telling me 1924.) But it was sold a decade later in Oslo, Norway (I know this because the proud purchaser, a Mr. Nybro, scratched his name and the year in the paint on the underside of the frame. For me, there's something primeval in using these snappy machines .... definitely a throwback to the early days of portables.

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  6. I got my first Remington 1 from a nice eBay lady who offered to just chop the keys off and mail them to me.... aargh! She said it would save on shipping. I said, um no, I'd like the whole thing if you don't mind, ha! Loved it so much I went whole hog and had Cambridge Typewriter put a new platen on it, which quieted it down about 4%, but did make the characters come out better. It is one of my faves and always good to see another one in a good home. cheers, mcget / www.phillytyper.com

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