New to me, that is.

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Complete with carbon-paper stained user guide!

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This 1963 Carl Sundberg-designed metal bodied Remington 11 semi-portable (despite what the instruction guide says) is in clean working order. Plenty of life left in the ribbon:

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Which means I don’t yet have to go through the fiddly business of changing the ribbon. If the user guide is to be believed (which it probably isn’t) it’s a breeze …

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According to my ruler, the typeface is Elite (Elite 504 according to NOMDA) but it’s one that had me thinking it was 11 characters per inch:

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I’d describe the Remington 11 as an ugly-yet-beautiful typewriter. It’s like a glamorous model with bad teeth. In fact, those “teeth” aren’t bad to type on. This is a typewriter with a tight and reasonably snappy typing feel.

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It’s one of those chameleon-like typewriters that change colour depending on the light …

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When they did the paintwork on this machine back in ’63, they did a quality job. Which is not something you can say about earlier Quiet-Riters and Letter-Riters.

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On this typewriter “Deluxe” goes without saying. Check out the case …

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I was hoping I could use the case for another semi-portable in my collection, the Olivetti Studio 44:

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But as you can see, the Studio 44 is longer …

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The ’44 has a lower profile than the ’11, is about the same width, but is noticeably lighter (although the wooden case of the ’44 evens things out).

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Yep, make no mistake about it, the Remington 11 “portable” is a heavyweight machine, as Nick T (Xoverit) pointed out when he compared it with his Remington Quiet-Riter 11.

plastic-bodied close relation of the ’11, the Quiet-Riter 11 has a more elegant return lever, as can be seen in the following picture …

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Another close relation (in fact the same typewriter underneath, as Nick T tells us, see link below) is the plastic-bodied Remington Fleetwing

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Clearly, typewriters of the Carl Sundberg-era shared a similar design aesthetic. A good example is the metal bodied Remington Travel-Riter Deluxe …

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And the Remington International Model Series GJ standard typewriter…

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Ah those goofy key-tops! They have been likened to coffee cups. However, they remind me more of the coffee pods you can buy for Nespresso machines.

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George Clooney’s typewriter of choice? I like to think so.

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Remington related links:

For your delectation, the remaining pages of the instruction guide:

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