1954 R.C. Allen Visomatic
Up for sale is an interesting R.C. Allen Visomatic (Model 700) which was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. R.C. Allen only produced large desktop typewriters such as this one, in addition to adding machines (which they are more well-known for). The brand is not very well known for typewriters, but this is actually a rather decent typewriter for heavy use. The font is not pica, but something unique which I couldn't find any information on. The size is the standard 10 pitch, however. This machine also has something which I have never seen on any other typewriter, including the other R.C. Allen machines I could find on the internet- a rather large drum on the right side of the body. I'm guessing that this drum was used for correction tape, as there is also a few feeder arms and a strange ribbon vibrator that I have never seen before. I am not sure how to go about using the drum, so I have left it as-is, since it's not necessary to the functionality of this machine.
As far as condition goes- this typewriter is decent overall. Cosmetically, the tan paint has a handful of flaws. Mainly, there are small areas of discoloration/stains which I could not fully resolve with cleaning. There are a few scratches as well, but nothing major. Mechanically, this typewriter is fully functional right down to the bell, and as I mentioned, is a great typewriter to write on and can definitely be used heavily and reliably as a workhorse.
This typewriter will require a ribbon-rethread when the time comes for a new ribbon, which isn't too difficult, and is something that you can either learn to do by unraveling the existing ribbon, and/or watching a youtube video. The original metal spools are required, and are the only thing that will fit this machine because of it's unique spool holders. Good news is that the spools should last essentially forever- just the ribbon itself needs to be replaced, which can be done using ribbon from the universal spools sold on this site.
Overall, if you're in the market for a slightly cheaper desktop with an attractive font that can still be used very heavily and reliably as a workhorse, then this is a great typewriter!