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Typewriter Bucket List

Introduction

I have a typewriter collection, which you can see to a large extent on TWDB. But a collector is never entirely satisfied, and there are several machines I’d love to find, if they are affordable and/or in restorable condition. Below is a list of such machines.

Please note that shipping many of these machines is difficult, although possible with care.

Remington 2

I already own a beautiful Remington 6 from 1902. I’d love to find its predecessor, the Remington 2 standard.

The Remington 2 standard is not really a rare machine: more than 100,000 were made and many have survived. However, for some reason I have not yet been able to find one, at least one that is affordable. Here is what one looks like.

Remington 2
Remington 2

Credit: National Museum of American History

The Remington 3 and 5 are wide-carriage versions, and much rarer. The Remington 4 only did capital letters and 35,000 were made, approximately. Needless to say, I’d be happy to find one of those as well!

Remington 11 adding and subtracting machine

I own a Remington Model-121 Vertical Adder, a Model-23 Bookkeeping Machine, and a Model-21 Vertical Adder. Missing from this small collection is the beautiful, and earlier, Remington 11 with Adding and Subtracting mechanism. This features the so-called “Wahl mechanism” in the front. Here is what one looks like.

Remington 11 with Adding and Subtracting mechanism
Remington 11 with Adding and Subtracting mechanism

Credit: National Museum of American History

I know that a few of those are around, as I’ve seen them for sale a couple of times: once in Europe, and once in the US, but too far away from me. Hopefully one if waiting form me somewhere.

VariTyper Model 160/660/720/1010

I own a small collection of Varityper-branded machines.

The current (2022) Varityper collection
The current (2022) Varityper collection

I’d love to find some of the “missing” models, such as the Model 1010, shown below, or models 160, 660, and 720.

VariTyper Model 1010
VariTyper Model 1010

I am also interested in completing my collection of Varityper shuttles (or fonts). Those are sometimes sold as “Hammond” shuttles, but they are typically not compatible with Hammond typewriters. They have a gray metal look, unlike the original black Hammond shuttles.

IBM MT/ST

I own an IBM Mag Card/A, and an IBM Memory Typewriter. I’d love to find other related IBM machines, including the probably impossible to find IBM Magnetic Tape/Selectric Typewriter (known as MT72 in Europe), which came integrated in a desk! But other machines, including newer ones like the Mag Card II, the Electronic Composer, and the Mag Card Executive, interest me as well, in addition to an original Mag Card.

IBM Magnetic Tape/Selectric Typewriter
IBM Magnetic Tape/Selectric Typewriter