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Variant of the Remie Scout Model.

Remie Scout Model C33027 Typewriter

Here’s an interesting variant of the Remie Scout Model that features white key-tops and an improvised front frame. It is a caps only version of the Remie Scout with an attached piece that encloses the keyboard. It is held in place by six factory-standard screws, but the holes for some have rough edges, indicating these were machined afterwards.

The-Milwaukee-Journal-Aug.-20-1933 top

This ad features the less common caps only machine with enclosed frame. From The Milwaukee Journal, Aug. 20, 1933.

The Remie Scout Model. (the period, actually, is part of the name) is a Depression-era machine that was sold for between $14 and $34 depending on features. Described as a “cut-down” portable by one newspaper,1 the Remie Scout was priced for “depression times” and offered a basic typing experience. Researcher Richard Polt estimates some 40,000 were manufactured between 1932 and 1934.2 The serial number on my machine is C33027, indicating it was manufactured late in 1934. Its typeface is a variant of the Art Gothic font:

Remie Scout Model Typewriter S33027 Typeface Sample

A fuller treatment of the Remie Scout Model. at Type-Writer.org can be found here. Here are links outlining four types of this machine:

Note (8/28/16): Yet another modified Scout has been sighted. Read about it here.

Photos:

Remie Scout Model Typewriter C33027 001

The only differences between these typewriters are the keytops and the front enclosure on the left machine.

Remie Scout Model Typewriter C33027 002

The undersides.

Remie Scout Model Typewriter C33027 003

White keytops. All caps.

Remie Scout Model Typewriter C33027 004

Note the front enclosure piece, mounted by three screws on either side.

Remie Scout Model Typewriter C33027 006

This appears to be a simple modification, either conducted in the factory or by a dealer. The paint under the improvised piece is black. The screws are factory standard.

Remie Scout Model Typewriter C33027 007

The underside of the enclosed variant.

Remie Scout Model Typewriter C33027 008

Definitely an afterthought. The newly drilled holes are rough with sharp shards of metal protruding.

Remie Scout Model Typewriter C33027 009

Not sure why numbers are etched under the space bars.

Remie Scout Model Typewriter C33027 010

Caps only. Art Gothic typeface.

Typeface comparison:

Art Gothic Typeface on Remie Scout Models

Top: Typeface from double-case Remie (taller, narrower). Bottom: Typeface from one-case Remie (shorter, wider) — same as my other one-case, no enclosure Remie.

As seen at TypewriterDatabase.com.

© 2014 – 2016, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

  1. Lewiston Evening Journal, July 18, 1932, see here. []
  2. Richard Polt’s Classic Typewriter Page, http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/rem-portables.htm#remie-scout. []
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  • T. Munk October 28, 2014, 3:22 am

    Art Gothic actually looks like this:
    http://typewriterdatabase.com/img/tRemington%20Rand%20_14_1369185528.png

    I’m not sure what the typeface on this machine is called. (:

    • Mark Adams October 28, 2014, 4:17 am

      They are very similar — I just posted a comparison of the typefaces — but there are subtle differences. Remington only ever seems to have advertised this typeface as Gothic.

  • RobertG October 28, 2014, 12:22 pm

    Neat that. Never realized the ‘full frame’ Scouts still used the single frame for most of the machine and bolted on a front bit only of the outer frame.

    The number on the spacebar is probably a mold or a cavity number. Also for thermo-setting materials you’d number the cavities in a mold (to be able to identify what part came from what cavity).

    • Mark Adams October 28, 2014, 7:28 pm

      Some enclosed one-case Remies are single-piece framed (as in the image in the ad); only rarely, like mine, are they two-piece. Enclosed one-case Remies are altogether uncommon.

  • Richard P October 28, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Intriguing!

  • Nick B October 29, 2014, 6:48 am

    Here’s an interesting Remie Scout that just showed up on ebay—It was refurbished and modified at some point probably in the 1950s, but it has the same front piece as yours, though in blue instead of black.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/331360601903

    • Mark Adams October 29, 2014, 5:14 pm

      I saw the same listing — what timing, really! The blue paint is likely original; the grey, almost crinkle paint is possibly a modification, though I have seen that paint on other Remingtons (so it could be original). The eBay listing is more complete than mine, having the base plate and rubber feet.

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