Torpedo 18B Typewriter
We come to the third and last of the results of my September typewriter acquisition binge. And possibly the best one. ZetiX was spot on with his x-ray vision identifying the contents of that gray case on the left being a Torpedo Model 18B. Robert Messenger provides an excellent presentation of the evolution of the brand, which originated from a typewriter factory near Frankfurt in 1907. Mr.Messenger refers to the Model 18 as "Magnificent" and "Of all the interesting typewriters I own, the Torpedo 18 is my favorite writing machine for its light and precise action".
Well, I would agree, and at least in part because it is so similar to my venerable high school Olympia SM-3, as I explain below.
|1961 Torpedo Model 18B|
|The font is similar to, if not the same as Olympia Script No. 75 as shown in the 1964 NOMDA Blue Book on Ted Monk's page.|
|Of course it has that paper support that extends to double as an end-of-page gauge. And basket shift and the numeral "1"!|