Recent additions to my typewriter collection include four typewriters purchased from the collection of Daphne Sheppard, a retired typing and shorthand instructor.

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Daphne Sheppard and a few of the typewriters in her collection

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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:

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One of several LC Smiths

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One of several Remington Noiseless typewriters

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Royal

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One of several Underwoods

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One of several assorted Remingtons

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Gargantuan machine

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Strange adding machine

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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.

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Monarch

Oliver_Adding Machine

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) …

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An impressive  Torpedo

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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) …

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 Silver Blick

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Black Blick

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Imperial  Model B**

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Frolio

The portable typewriters I didn’t buy:

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Underwood 3 Bank

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Smith Premier

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Barlet

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Green re-enamelled Remington

 The four portable typewritersdid buy:

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Underwood “Cricklewood” Junior

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Olympia Robust 1940

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Triumph Perfekt

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Erika Model 5

More about these German typewriters in later posts!