The 1920s and 30s are my favorite decades for typewriters, aesthetically speaking. I love the candy colors of the 20s, and the lines of the 30s. This was also a great time for portable typewriters, as they became more solid and reliable. 1924 even saw the introduction of the first electric typewriter (okay it was the second, but the first was something of a flop), which eventually became the IBM Selectric.
I love portable typewriters, even though my track record with them hasn’t been the best. Here are my top 5 from the 1920s. Since there’s nothing I can really tell you about the history that isn’t already available on the typosphere, I’ve just linked to various pages with more details, mostly Machines of Loving Grace:
|Image borrowed from the internet. All of my pic of Remy
are still in computer limbo.
1. Corona folding
Who doesn’t love a machine that folds up to be travel size?
2. Remington #3 (left)
I didn’t have much luck with my #3, but I’d love to get my hands on one that works, since they seem like the perfect portable machine.
3. Royal Portable
You know I love my Royals!
4. Underwood #5
For me, this is the iconic typewriter. I guess I’m not the only one who feels this way! I remember seeing pictures of them as a kid, and they are what initially sparked my interest in antique typewriters.
5. Underwood portable (4 bank)
I love the different variations over in the Machines of Loving Grace gallery.