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!
Remington, er, Sholes & Glidden ephemera
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
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?
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
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.
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