Monday, August 26, 2013

True Blue

This post has been in draft for a long while. I kept thinking that I would find something interesting to share about this charming little typewriter, but I keep coming up blank. So, I'll just write a little here and see if the muse inspires me.


True Blue Deux is what this color should be called as there is a decided harmony between the two colors. Both are on the blue-green spectrum and when it was new I am sure the paint had a luster I cannot recapture.


It was $28. There was a problem with the carriage advancing and the seller was upfront about the problem. A small voice quietly urged me to buy it. My stomach led me to believe that it was actually fixable and the truth was not far off. Beneath the carriage was a space advance mechanism. A small adjustment brought the spacing back to normal.


The carriage return lever has lost its spring and wiggles. It advanced the line well enough, but there is some way to either reattach or replace the spring. The feet needed replacing and the process was the same as when I replaced the feet in my other Remington portable (follow this link).

School's back in session and I am looking at replacing the ribbons for the whole classroom collection. I have about 20 typewriters on the shelves and it seems like this is the perfect number. I have Seniors this year and they are well into the school year. They are a bit flintier when it comes to the lure of the typewriter, but I have seen more and more of them start to eye the few old-hands who have used them before. Twitches of intrigue. Eye-wide and shy and eager. We'll see how many I can persuade into using the typewriters this week.

More good news came this last week with some typewriter happenings at a local community college. I cannot say more right now, but I will keep everyone posted with more crumbs soon.

11 comments:

  1. Oh nice! I usually see pictures of the Remington in black or burgundy, but never a two tone blue one. It's a real beauty!

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  2. Very nice looking Remington. Best of success with the seniors this year. I hope we gain a few more Typospherians when they start typing.

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    1. As do I. Give it time and the siren song of the typewriter will lure them to its rocky shores.

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  3. That Remington 3 is exactly like "the one that got away". I was watching one just like that being sold online a few months back, but alas, I was outbidden. Very nice color combination, indeed!

    Have you tried the old and true Turtle Wax approach? It might bring back some of the old luster to that Duco finishing...

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    1. I like to use Meguire's cleaner polish. It works well and isn't so harsh. I haven't had much luck with Turtle Wax, but it might be time to give it another go.

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  4. Hey Ryan, I've been thinking about consolidating my collection. If you're interested, I'll be more than happy to donate a few machines for the cause.

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    1. That would be great! Email me at ryan@magicmargin.net and we can work out the details.

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  5. Identify the ringleaders/cool kids. Surely, the rest will follow.

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