1925 Remington Portable #2
Up for sale is a classic Remington Portable model #2 which was made in America in 1925. The Remington Portable was one of the first popular portables, and features folding typebars to allow this machine to be slimmer and more compact than the competition it faced in the 1920s. If you aren't familiar with the Remington Portable, the typebars are raised with a little lever on the right-hand side of the machine (see pictures) for typing, then lowered to fit inside the case. Also, the #2 featured a slightly larger carriage, so in order to fit in the case, the carriage MUST be locked. (see procedure here, or refer to instructions manual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQqF9hu04Zw) .
This typewriter does show a few signs of its age, however overall it's in great shape considering it was made almost 100 years ago. The paint largely shines like a mirror, and the labels are in decent shape with just a little wear on the "To save time is to lengthen life" insignia. The carrying case/lid is in good shape overall, but is missing the original leather handle which is unfortunately all too common. This typewriter comes with a service invoice from 1965 for a ribbon replacement, which is an interesting peak into the past. Inside the case is a sticker belonging to the White Shrine of Jerusalem, which the original owner must have been a member of.
Universal ribbons do not fit this typewriter, so you will need to rethread the original spools with any 1/2 inch ribbon (including the ribbon in the universal spools that I sell). This machine currently only has a single color black ribbon installed, however a two color ribbon can be utilized since this machine does have a ribbon color selector. Regarding my suggestion for use of this machine, I would only suggest it for personal writing here and there. Maybe a nice letter/note or two here and there, however I would not recommend this one to write a novel. Of course, if you really want to, it can be done, however it would be more easy to do so on a more modern machine for the sake of ergonomics.