Monday, July 9, 2012

Leila's first typewriter! (and one for me as well...)











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  1. Sweet little Facit, and that's a great story about the LC Smith. It needs lots and lots of cleaning, but it may look fantastic when you're done. Once I cleaned up a friend's LC Smith which was brown and immobile with filth. After several happy hours, it was black, shiny, and working. These are tough typewriters. (I'd check with Leila before stenciling her name on it.)

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    1. They are very nice typers. I may mention it to her after I get it all cleaned and functional, but I really think she would love it and I want to surprise her. Although...I suppose I should check with her...

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  2. The LC Smith is a great project with a wonderful back story. The family history is ephemera at its best. I hope she enjoys this typewriter.

    I have a totally irrational love of sans serif typefaces. The Facit is a great find. The freakishly smooth carriage movement is just as marvelous as the Borg grey is dull. Unfortunately, these look like a real nightmare to take apart for repainting. Still, they are unique and as smooth as butter.

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    1. I have seen one or two Facits in blue on Etsy. Of course, these are the ones with terrible pictures, little description, and no cases. Oh well. I would rather have it in the grey than not know what I was getting.
      The sans serif is very nice. I am not sure that I have another typer with this, so it is definitely a plus.

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  3. That's a cool day of typewriter love. Very cool facit. If you send me a letter on adding machine tape and leave room I'll answer on the whispering giant for comparison!
    Also I have my wife's grandma's typewriter too! It's a Royal 10 from 1918, that she got pre-owned for secretarial school in the 20's. Love the pilot story!

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    1. I don't have any adding machine tape, sad to say. However, I could definitely send something over on a regular sheet of paper for comparison. I would really love to see something like that. Email me over an address, and I will get right on that.
      Please note that the piece of paper you receive will be riddled with holes from the Facit's typeface. You have been warned.

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  4. What great history to the L.C. Smith. Leila's Great-Great-Grandmother must have been one wonderful lady. Very interesting.

    The typewriter should clean up nicely. It looks like lots of work, but in the end it will be worth it.

    The Facit looks like it has the sister type to what is on mine:
    http://munk.org/typecast/2011/04/23/1964-nomda-blue-book-facit-font-styles/ Elite Cubic.

    Facits are superb typers. I prefer the typefaces without serifs. They are so much easier to read.

    Very nice finds. Congratulations!

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    1. Leila picks up any and all Ripley's books, looking for that article. She only has the pictures that I posted, and cannot find any other information online or, really, anywhere.
      I cannot seem to load that blog post link. It says that it cannot be found. Reguardless, the sans serif typefaces are really nice, and I could definitely see it being even nicer in a larger typeface.

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  6. I agree, that's a fascinating back story on the L.C. and its connection with Leila's remarkable, history-making, great-great grandmother. Thanks for sharing.

    Nice Facit, first time for me to see a back view. It's a very minimalist-looking machine so that cool "Facit" label stretched out from end to end is just that touch of personality it needs.

    Your collection is growing by the day. If you are able to sustain this breakneck speed acquisition, you will overtake Richard Polt's 281-strong typewriter collection in a matter of months!

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    1. The back view is the best part! One of the bigger selling points for me, although I cannot imagine when I would be looking at the back of it. Beautiful, nevermind the dull color. Really, it doesn't bother me. Just as bland as your standard Olympia SM7 or 9.
      I really should slow down, and am attempting to, to tell the truth. Since purchasing the Imperial, I have my eyes set on getting another. They are, of course, nearly all in England, and the shipping is outrageous.
      The hunt for the typewriter is just as fun as having it, for me anyway. Seems to be why I accumulate so many...I just love to look!

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    2. im right there with you Ken - gotta slow down and really begin to enjoy what i have now. maybe figure out what needs fixing and fix everything and then figure out what i want to keep

      id love to just have 10 machines tops but thats unlikely hahaha

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  7. Typewriters with family history are the BEST!

    The Facit is excellent, with an unusual typeface.

    Your collection is indeed growing rapidly! I seem to be stuck at 22, and actually thinking about thinning the herd.

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    1. I have plans on thinning the herd a bit, as well. The Brother was a good start, and I have plans of giving one to my sister and also one to her best friend for her birthday, as she is planning on going into journalism. I have a few I would like to get around to selling. Then again, the proceeds would just go towards more typewriters, I am sure.
      I wish I had a typewriter with history in my family. My mother said they just had Brothers growing up, although she used a Selectric at work later on. I bought one for her, same exact color and model as she had...I just have to repair it a bit. Of course, I know nothing of electrics, and it has been sitting in the basement for a bit. I'll get to it, I swear!

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  8. Wow, great Facit!
    Yours have a very nice typeface an a solid case (mine was a simple vinyl and paper bag, with broken zips and handles) plus a dust cover, a user manual and a cleaning brush, wow!!!

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  9. I love the typeface, and it sealed the deal on what, I thought, was expensive for a more modern machine. I like it a whole lot now that it is here, and all of the accessories are icing on the cake.

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