Wednesday, February 06, 2013

It is...an Adler J4!


16 comments:

  1. Ah, a very nice machine with a nice typeface! How does the J4's script stack up next to the SF? The script on my Facit 1620 is far larger and more swooping than on my SM9. Of course, I prefer the SM9!

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  2. Nice typewriter. I have a dark gray J4 Script and one that looks just like yours that is not script, but it is the nicest typer in my collection in many respects. My Script one is not quite as clean and frictionless.

    The serial number can be found on the left hand frame under the space in the rear housing. Move the carriage all the way to the left most margin (Returned as far as it will go), take a flash light and look behind the draw band drum on the mainspring. There you should find the serial number.

    You have quite a nice collection.

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  3. I forgot: A hearty congratulations is in order for your Adler find. I think you will enjoy it.

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  4. I think you have me beat! I'm pretty sure I have less than 30. I could find room for an Adler like that, though, if I saw one :D

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  5. Congrats on the Adler, and in script yet! It looks in pristine condition. The raised Adler logo looks so much better than a decal. Now I need to pull out my script Adler for a bit of a type (not a J4 though).

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  6. I also admire the Adlers. I use to have an extreme bias against plastic shells, but the J5 is solid as is my Remington with Torpedo guts. I'm glad you found a good one that didn't need repair.

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  7. Great find! I don't have any experience with a J4, but I had a J5 for a while that I thought was a very respectable typewriter.

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  8. An Adler that types like an Olympia, eh? Might bring me back around on the brand; my only experiences with these machines have been a little rattletrap-y.

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  9. I will retrieve my specimen from the storage this weekend and am confident to find the number.

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  10. I see no one is guessing the identity of your new typewriter - may I take a shot and say it's a Smith Corona? I see you don't have a Skyriter yet, so perhaps it's one of those... but it could be any SC with pica, really. I find their pica quite distinctive, so fingers crossed I'm right!

    As to your J4 - glad you enjoy it! I had a Gabriele (what they called them in Europe) that I didn't much care for, but then again it had seen better days and yours is in pristine condition. I just didn't appreciate how much space it took up, even if it WAS script - so as soon as I came by my Tippa with the exact same typeface and a third of the footprint, I parted ways with the Gabriele.

    Nice to see a sample of your handwriting! It is very neat and legible and that is one fancy uppercase G (on Galaxie) :)

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  11. I LOVE the font on this! What a great looking machine.
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    I remember when you had, what, two? LOL!

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  12. have you ever considered writing a book on the history of typewriters? What an interesting book it would be !

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    1. Lovely thought, Spo...but far greater typewriter minds than I have already written wonderfully detailed histories of these machines: Robert Messenger's blog "oz.typewriter" at http://oztypewriter.blogspot.com/
      and Richard Polt's blog "Writing Ball" at http://writingball.blogspot.com/

      ...to name only two examples of many typewriter enthusiasts/collectors in The Typosphere.

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  14. What is the new typewriter? 8D?

    Been a while! So jealous of your awesome typewriter collection~

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  15. For the serial number, move the carriage to the extreme right, and look in the rectangular hole with a flashlight.

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