Remington Repair for Dunces* tm reg’d!

1929 Remington Portable #3

platen advance lever

missing stud replaced with a nail

I recently acquired a 1929 Remington portable 3. I now have a 1, 2  & 3 of these, and it’s interesting to see the slight differences as the design was changed. The model 3 I found was missing a small stud from the carriage advance lever. I knocked out the embedded bit and hammered in a small nail in its place. That fixed the problem, and the typewriter is now working well – amazing for a 90 year old machine! The model 3 has a slightly wider platen than the #2, which was slightly wider than #1. The #1 had a simple advance mechanism that was much improved with the addition of the lever on model 2, which carried over to model 3. Model 2 had the original lifting typebars, which are gone in model 3, in favour of a low panel on the top front that conceal the slightly raised typebars. I assume this saved money in manufacturing, by eliminating the lifting mechanism. Something was lost however, in the way of a very interesting and unique feature. Model 3 also introduced a margin release key and fixed tabs, marked with a red keytop, as Olivetti became well known for later on with the Lettera 22. But Remington was first!

1922 Remington Portable #1

1926 Remington Portable #2 (note German keyboard)

model 1 side view with lifting typebars

4 Comments

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4 responses to “Remington Repair for Dunces* tm reg’d!

  1. Hammered it in, huh? Clever! I think this is a common problem on this model and similar ones. As I always say, every typewriter has an Achilles’ heel.

  2. Ooh, clever fix! These are quite delightful to operate. I feel lucky to have found a very nice one back before I had any idea what it was and got it re-rubbered. Well worth the effort to have them tying nicely again. (:

  3. milesrider

    Hi Don –
    Believe it or not I have one of these too – let me know if you are interested in acquiring it. Had lunch with Chris Chan and Brian Palmquist last week. Regards,
    Jon

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