Note the writing on the base of the machine: “Remigton Sholes Company, Chicago, MFRS.” Remigton is no typo (that’s how it really appears on the machine), but I expect it is a typo. I e-mailed the eBay seller and he wrote back, explaining: “I figured that since they were going to move the tooling to France and rename it Japy, they ran out of front labels and just hand painted the lettering.” The typo might be original.
I placed a bid on this typewriter, but was soon outbid. As I write this post, bidding is up to $788, though I expect it will go higher. (PLease note that I’m camping in my trailer, so unless I’m near town, I can’t access the Internet. As this blog entry is post-dated, bidding has already ended.) Whoever finally wins (won) this machine will own (owns) a very rare typer indeed.
Update: It sold for $1,576.
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