1908 Remington Standard No. 7
Up for sale is an awesome Remington Standard Model No. 7 which was made in Ilion, NY in 1908- which was the same year that Remington began production of the Standard Model 10 which was their first 'visible' or 'front-stroke' machine. Despite the introduction of the mechanism that would go on to be the choice of nearly all typewriters that followed, this model was manufactured (albeit in dwindling numbers) through July of 1914. The Model 7 and its predecessors are known as 'bind writers' or 'up-stroke' because you can not see what you are writing as you are typing. The carriage must be tilted upwards to read your recent work- but the idea is you just keep typing your document largely in the blind until it is complete. You can probably understand why this type of mechanism didn't last much beyond the turn of the century. Believe it or not, this typewriter is still completely functional. I have removed the old ribbon, however the original spools remain and I can install a new 1.5 inch wide ribbon if desired for an additional fee (see option below). However, this typewriter is largely best suited as a functional decoration. The platen and feed rollers still do work at feeding paper somehow, but both show age and should really be re-covered if you actually intend to use this typewriter for anything more than a quick demonstration. Why you would want to write on this machine for anything more than that is beyond me, but I will not judge.
Cosmetically, this typewriter definitely shows its age, but in an attractive way. The nickel plating has some nice patina, which really gives this typewriter some added character. The paint has a crackling effect just about everywhere, which is fairly common from what I have seen on other Model No. 6 and No. 7 machines especially if they were stored where temperatures can exceed typical room temperature.
The owner's manual for this machine can be found here: https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/Remington6&7.pdf
Universal ribbons will absolutely not fit this machine, since they are 1/3 of the width of the ribbons meant for this machine.
If I didn't already have a nice No. 6 and No. 7 in my own collection, this one would be staying with me. If you're looking for a classic upstroke typewriter to add to your own collection that is still in functional condition, then this your chance.