Daphne Sheppard’s Typewriters
Posted on May 7, 2015
Recent additions to my typewriter collection include four typewriters purchased from the collection of Daphne Sheppard, a retired typing and shorthand instructor.
Daphne Sheppard and a few of the typewriters in her collection
Daphne, now living in an aged-care facility, amassed a large collection of typewriters over her lifetime. Her daughter, Margaret, emailed me a few weeks ago to ask if I’d be interested in buying a few typewriters. Would I ever!
On arrival at the Sheppard family home, I set out with paper and pencil and mobile phone to document the typewriters in Daphne’s collection – the bulk of them were contained in black plastic bin liners on various shelves in the garage.
These are the better of the blurry (sorry) mobile phone photos I took on the day:
One of several LC Smiths
One of several Remington Noiseless typewriters
One of several Underwoods
One of several assorted Remingtons
Strange adding machine
Eventually I lost count, but there were approximately 30 standard typewriters in the garage alone. Clearly, Daphne was unable to resist rescuing these oversized typewriter orphans.
Adding machine and Oliver
To be honest I had no idea how to operate some of these old machines. Most of them seemed to be in reasonable condition but I was well and truly out of my depth. The two standards I showed the most interest in (but didn’t buy) …
An impressive Torpedo
An equally impressive Remington Noiseless
There were several more standards to be found in the house proper, together with a selection of portable typewriters – also various antique typewriters (not for sale and not really my area of interest anyway) …
Imperial Model B**
The portable typewriters I didn’t buy:
Underwood 3 Bank
Green re-enamelled Remington
The four portable typewriters I did buy:
Olympia Robust 1940
Erika Model 5
More about these German typewriters in later posts!