Earlier this week, I decided to hit the local antique stores to see if they might have a suitable replacement. There are none in Sikeston, MO, where I reside during school, but quite a few in the surrounding towns. What began as a casual trip into town turned into a marathon.
Five hours. Half a tank of gas. One hundred miles. Over a dozen different antique stores. I can now honestly say that I've been to every place within reasonable driving distance.
And what did I bring home?
Absolutely nothing. But I got lots of pictures, so have a gander.
|Wow, first sighting of the day! Never heard of this line before. |
Carriage didn't advance, and it's not what I'm looking for at the moment, but cool nonetheless. $90.
|Ah, the ubiquitous Quiet De Luxe. Not sure what happened to those keys, |
but the rest of the machine was in decent shape.
|Evers since reading Richard Polt's post on the Remington KMC, I keep finding them. Broken space bar.|
|An Olivetti MS 25 Plus. Bell doesn't work.|
|I think this is a model 12, can't rightly remember.|
|I find these Quiet-Riters all over the dang place! Can't get that commercial out of my head.|
Go to Youtube and look it up.
|This one was in good shape, and even came with a nice old ribbon. But, I'm not interested in another Remington.|
|Never seen a black and white ribbon in a manual before. Is that what you call "correcting film"?|
Ribbon vibrator has suffered damage. What a waste.
|Vile deceiver! This Underwood case was empty!|
|The most interesting sighting of the day: an 1800s Smith typewriter.|
Smith is the only word still legible on the plaque. Could be a variety of machines.
$500.....marked down from $750.
|I find a ton of these Underwood No. 5s too. The carriage stops before it hits the margin.|
If I had any mechanical know-how and the proper tools, I'd buy stuff like this and fix it.
|What appears to the case for a Remington Portable #1 or #2. Empty.|
I think I'm dealing with a maniac...
|Royal KMM very similar to my own.|
|Never heard of this particular model before, but the label on the left side reveals it as another Silver Seiko.|
|A whole row of machines. Royal No. 10. Royal KMM. Remington Quiet-Riter. Woodstock. Sears.|
So, I can now say that I've looked at the entirety of the local market and came up empty. Oh well. Some times you win, some times you don't.
About 6:30 on Wednesday night we lost power at the house. It didn't come back on until 4:30 the next morning. So, my grandmother got another antique device and put it to good use.
|Gotta love kerosine.|