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Remington Type Write 1877

My eBay budget is somewhat limited, but when I see items like the ones below, I am sorely tempted. Generally, I stay in the shallow end, admiring rare machines from afar, but, oh, to place the winning bid!

Early Remington, er, Sholes & Glidden ephemera

The Sholes & Glidden, known simply as the Type Writer.

The Sholes & Glidden, known variously as the “Type-Writer” or “Type Writer”.

Remington Newspaper 1877

Very early marketing for the typewriter. Nearly priceless.

Wow. Absolutely, wow. Did anyone know that W.O. Wyokoff published a typewriter periodical in the late 1870s? This 12-page newspaper, dating to Aug. 1877, was lately offered on eBay. It sold for $1,200. To note, it is number 4 of volume 1. How many others are out there? NB: This publication predates the Remington Typewriter Company.

Super-low serial number

My machine has a low serial number of 537, but that is not the lowest out there.

My machine has a low serial number of 537, but that is not the lowest out there.

Someone, somewhere acquired an Underwood 3-bank portable with a serial number possibly as low as 57. It was sold late last year, but the serial number wasn’t entirely clear in pictures (and I’ve lost the image!). I have a very early Underwood portable in my collection, serial number of 537, but not nearly as low as 57. I checked TypeweriterDatabase.com, hoping it made an appearance, but no such luck. Anyone got it?

Three Virotypes!

Local pickup only from Italy, but the seller was accepting international bids.

Local pickup only from Italy, but the seller was accepting international bids.

The Virotype is on my most wanted list (a mental list that changes regularly), and when I saw this listing, my jaw dropped. One might sell for over a grand, but three? The Italian seller advertised local pickup only, which may have dissuaded some bidders. I e-mailed him, and he noted that he would ship overseas ultimately. The three sold for around $1,400.

The mystery machine
Electric Remington - read about in ETCetera typewriter magazine

All I will say about this machine is SUBSCRIBE TO ETCETERA if you are not already a member. In my estimation, the machine above, sold last year on eBay, is one of the most remarkable finds of the 21st century. Absolutely electrifying.

© 2016, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Richard P February 27, 2016, 12:47 am

    Good stuff! I hadn’t seen the S&G publication, which is very interesting.

  • Steve K February 27, 2016, 11:11 am

    Wow 1877, and I thought I collected “old paper”!

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