Calling Help from Other Typists/Typewriter Collectors!

Guys. Gals. I do have a typecast coming, but this has been bothering me to no end…

I need help.

I’m looking for a typewriter.

But this typewriter has… requirements.

First it must have a fairly durable case. Secondly, the typewriter’s base cannot be part of the case! Thirdly, the form needs to be of the ultra portable school — think Smith-Corona Skyriter, Hermes Rocket & Baby, Olympia Traveller, etc. Fourth — and this is the biggest, most important one — it must have a tabulator. I love Skyriters to death, but the lack of a tabulator destroys their enjoyment for me. Though I can’t be picky, I’d prefer the tabulator that allows a tab at each space instead of setting it at the back with a limit of 5-6.

QWERTY preferred, DVORAK acceptable. English alphabet preferred, Spanish acceptable — a little awkward, but acceptable. Colors… nothing on the dark side, preferred. Size 10 font preferred, size 12 acceptable. Font face, totally neutral — the more fun the better, the more uncommon the better… though script and italic I’m hesitant about.

What I have effectively described to you is my literal ideal typewriter, folks. I kid you not. This typewriter would be the end-all-be-all in terms of usage. My poor SM3 would be regulated to nostalgia lane, probably.

My guess is such a heavenly thing doesn’t exist. I’m prepared for that answer. And honestly expect it.

If y’all have any suggestions, leave a comment.

There is a typecast being posted at 20:00 UTC-6. Hope y’all enjoy. Until later, be safe and enjoy y’all’s days,


7 thoughts on “Calling Help from Other Typists/Typewriter Collectors!

  1. A Princess 300 would have fit that requirement perfectly if it weren’t for the base built into the case. I think they’re the smallest machine with a tabulator like you’re describing, and also among the best in their size class to use.


  2. The Olivetti Lettera 22 is one of the few ultraportables with a tabulator. And fairly often it’s found with an elegant typeface with thicker vertical strokes.


  3. Thank guys! This is why I love the typist community. 😀

    I had completely forgotten about the Princess 300. I remember seeing a blog post on Mr Polt’s site once showing it off. But I wasn’t aware it had a tabulator. I found a few online that I’m going to keep my eye on…

    The Lettera is also an awesome idea! I’ve always toyed with getting an Olivetti — at least sooner or later. I keep finding 22s and 32s then their various other numbers. I wonder if they all have that ‘secret’ tabulator built in? It’s pretty neat how the MR key doubles as the tab.

    For the Lettera, they have something huge in their favor: epic color schemes. The biggest downside is they don’t have the standard English QWERTY layout… instead it is Spanish QWERTY. That would take some getting used to. But I may just do that because of these playful schemes!

    Thanks again for the suggestions and if anyone (or y’all) have any more suggestions, please do post them up. Definitely something to chew…


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