The Typewriter Man



Refurbished Typewriters For Sale

A selection of refurbished typewriters ready for immediate use
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All machines are English keyboard unless stated otherwise.

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1930 Rod-Carriage Imperial 50 Office Manual


Made in 1930

The typestyle is Pica (10 Characters per Inch) and the carriage width is 11 inches
Colour is Crackle-Finish Black
Comes with a facsimilie Manufacturers Instruction Book
I have dismantled, cleaned, lubricated and adjusted this machine for best performance
A new Black/Red ribbon has been fitted and it is ready to give many more years of reliable service
The Imperial 50 was originally introduced in 1928, and went on to spawn a whole series of similar machines which finished as late as 1974 when the factory in Leicester closed its doors for the last time.  Around 1930, Imperial experimented with a different type of carriage, one which owed much to rival makers Underwood and Adler who suspended their carriages on ground metal way-rods rather than conventional carriage rails.  After a relatively short period, Imperial reverted to traditional carriage rails once more - leaving just a few hundred of these semi-experimental rod-carriage machines in circulation.  This is the only one I have ever seen or dealt with in over 45 years of repairing typewriters and I am sure that I will never see another !  In all other respects, this machine is an early Imperial 50 - a model which continued in production as late as 1955.

This particular machine would originally have been finished in a deep glossy black enamel, but appears to have been re-built and 'modernised' immediate post-war with the later crackle-finish black.  It is in excellent condition and fully capable of typing a letter - or anything else that you may require.  The platen is still supple, so this collector's piece remains a fully practical typewriter !

PRICE    £250.00

Due to the size and weight, this typewriter is best collected personally