1924 Remington Portable Model #1
Up for sale is a classic Remington Portable Model #1 which was made in America in 1924. 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.
For being only a few years away from being 100 years old, this typewriter is in remarkable shape. The paint largely shines like a mirror, and the labels are in almost perfect shape and are crisp and in-tact. The carrying case/lid is in good shape overall, and somehow still has the original leather handle still in-tact and usable (although I would be cautious in using it).
This typewriter is fully functional in all aspects, although the platen and feed rollers do have some wear, and so the paper just needs a bit of an extra push (and using the paper release lever to aid in loading the paper) however once the paper is in view, it feeds perfectly normal with the platen knob as well as the carriage return.
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). 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.