The Remington Portable [#1], introduced in 1920, is unique in that the manufacturer modified it several times over the course of production. For collectors, this creates opportunities to acquire different versions of the same model.
Some 600,000 units of this typewriter were sold between October 1920 and January 1925, so acquiring one is far from difficult. But, acquiring the very earliest version, with all of the original specifications, can be challenging.
Richard Polt provides the most detailed information at his site here. Much of what I’ve discovered about this typewriter, I learned by studying that page, pouring over its details as one might pour over baseball statistics. I now own four number ones, including two models with all of the early features listed on his site. If you are looking to collect a specimen of this typewriter, visit Polt’s Remington Portables page.
Let’s take a look at this typewriter:
Here’s a typing demonstration on another #1 in my collection:
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