There’s nothing at all modest about this 1952 Everest Mod. S.T.  typewriter.

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When it came up on Australian eBay (local pickup only)  I felt duty-bound to make a bid for it, and was delighted to get it for  $51  – rounded down to $50 by the seller, who told me he’d been thinking of throwing it out.

The typewriter belonged to his late father and had been languishing in his garage for many years –  as evidenced by a thick layer of dust inside and out (no case or cover supplied).

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Fact is, you couldn’t “throw” this typewriter anywhere unless you possessed Herculean strength. Did I mention this typewriter is VERY HEAVY?

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“Does my bum look  big in this pic?”

Sure, she’s got big bones, but this fat-bottomed Italian beauty is just brimming with opulent touches – like the long-stemmed flower-petal platen knobs …

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… and the rosebud-style button that lets you adjust the typing touch…

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… not to mention various spiralled Dalek-like protrusions on the front…

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I tell you, this machine is a work of art, a piece of  sculpture…

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…  and yet it does what it was designed to do and does it beautifully, even when it’s been neglected for many years and is caked in dust and grime. Sit down to type at this machine and it wraps you in its warm rubbery black plastic embrace.

Lack of portability aside –  THIS IS THE FINEST TYPEWRITER IN MY COLLECTION. FULL STOP. PERIOD.

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BELLISIMA MACCHINA DA SCRIVERE!

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(p.s. Anyone know where I can find a user manual for this or similar Everest typewriter?)

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