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 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:
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:
- All About the Remie Scout, by Alan Seaver
- Remie Scout Model (April 1932-Nov. 1934), by Richard Polt
Note (8/28/16): Yet another modified Scout has been sighted. Read about it here.
As seen at TypewriterDatabase.com.
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- Lewiston Evening Journal, July 18, 1932, see here. [↩]
- Richard Polt’s Classic Typewriter Page, http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/rem-portables.htm#remie-scout. [↩]
Art Gothic actually looks like this:
I’m not sure what the typeface on this machine is called. (:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.