≡ Menu

Remington Pioneer (Remie Scout name variant)

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Remington Pioneer 02

The Pioneer

An early name variant of the Remie Scout Model was “Remington Pioneer,” duly noted in this 1932 news article:

Typewriter companies are experimenting in a new, low priced field in depression times in an effort to increase the common use of the typewriter and thereby bolster sales. About six weeks ago Remington Rand, Inc. introduced the Remington Pioneer, a simplified machine to sell below $30. On September 1 Royal Typewriter will introduce a similar machine. It is rumored that Underwood Elliot Fisher is likewise working on a low-priced model.

The machines resemble a cut-down portable in appearance but are without regular typewriter features such as the shift key, ribbon reverse, back spacer, double and triple spacing key, and space gauge. The keyboard is standard in arrangement of letters and numerals. The type is entirely capital letters, and an easy action permits steady, rapid work in volume. The Remington machine is furnished in five color combinations as well as black.

Typewriter prices on regular standard and portable machines are holding firm, despite quiet business. Trade-in allowances are lower, with a demand for the portable machines cutting into the second hand market on standard machines.1

Only Remington sold an open-framed model, though other companies did produce economy machines (see this overview here). The Remie Scout was the oddest, being stripped so completely of regular features.

Manufacturers were anxious to maintain sales of portable typewriters during the Great Depression, especially as the portable typewriter market had only just gotten established in the 1920s. Finding the right price point, though, was challenging and reduction of materials proved key. Caps-only models abounded in this period.

Remie Types

The Remie Scout/Pioneer came in five variations:

  • An open-framed, caps only model
  • An open-framed, double case model (rare, see example – second machine from left – here)
  • A closed-framed, caps only model
  • A closed-framed, double case model
  • An open-framed, caps only model but with an attached enclosure (see example here)

How many open-framed portables Remington sold is unclear. According to Alan Seaver, some 16,000 caps-only models were manufactured2, but the number of open-framed machines is undetermined. Such models do appear regularly on eBay and Etsy, so the proportion must have been high.

Name variants for the Remie Scout Model are Monarch, Monarch Pioneer, Pioneer, Higbee Portable, and Remington Pioneer (in the U.S.); and, Canadian Pioneer, Canadian Scout, Remington Scout (in Canada).3

Remington Pioneer 07Judging from advertisements, “Remington Pioneer” was likely the earliest mark applied to this machine. A classified ad placed in The Evening News in Harrisburg, Penn., May 19, 1932, heralds the “new Remington pioneer portable,” sans image; two weeks later, a different advertiser introduces the “Remie Scout Model.” (yes, the period is part of its name actually). The last known advertisement for the “Remington Pioneer” dates to Dec. 1932.

The serial number on my machine (S33764) is not particularly low, so the Pioneer brand must have endured throughout most of the production cycle.

Remington would revive the Pioneer mark later in the 1930s, applying it to its 3 1/2 bank portable, more commonly known as the “Monarch Pioneer” (see here), and a 4-bank portable, generally called “Pioneer” (see here).

The Remie Scout/Pioneer initially sold for $29.75; later, for as low as $19.75. “Pioneer” was always applied to budget models.

Advertisements

The Evening News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 19, 1932

The earliest advertisement for the Remington Pioneer (aka Remie Scout Model.). From The Evening News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 19, 1932.

The Evening News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1932

“Remie Scout Model.” or Remie is the more common name. From the Evening News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1932. Note, the typeface in the lower portion of the ad is from the typewriter itself.

The Independent Record, Montana, Dec. 4, 1932

Last discoverable advertisement for the Remington Pioneer. From the Independent Record, a Montana newspaper, Dec. 4, 1932. Notice, price has been dropped to $19.75.

Photos

My machine was modified, presumably by someone who actively typed on it. Some previous owner installed four feet that “lift” the machine about a half inch. That person also repaired the space bar somewhat crudely. The case does not look original, though it is probably as old as the machine itself.

Generally collectors dislike modifications, but as the original owner possibly altered/fixed this machine, it has some distinct appeal. It seems to have been a workhorse. Even today, it types nicely.

Remington Pioneer 03

Remington Pioneer 04

Remington Pioneer 05

Remington Pioneer 06

Remington Pioneer 07

Remington Pioneer 08

Remington Pioneer 09

Remington Pioneer 10

Remington Pioneer 11

Remington Pioneer 12

Typeface specimen

Remington Pioneer Typeface

Links

The Remie Scout Model. @ Type-Writer.org
Variant of the Remie Scout Model. @ Type-Writer.org

As seen at TypewriterDatabase.com.

© 2015, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

  1. Lewiston Evening Journal, July 18, 1932. — image of article in this post []
  2. All About the Remie Scout, Alan Seaver. []
  3. Remie Scout Model, Richard Polt. []
{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Richard P February 13, 2015, 8:41 pm

    That is a machine with tons of character!

  • rock harris February 13, 2015, 9:57 pm

    This has nudged me to clean and replace the ribbon on my Scout. What a wonderful machine! For its utilitarian pedigree, it’s still a sturdy machine and a fine typer. I have the double case version, and the font is amazing (I’m kind of a font geek…).

  • Steve K February 14, 2015, 11:54 am

    Looks like a musical instrument. Nice!

  • shordzi February 14, 2015, 11:09 pm

    great photos, and interesting information!

Leave a Comment