The stamping inside the ribbon cover dates this typewriter to February 1969. Every key and control on this typewriter now works as intended.Here's a short video of the machine at work. 1969 Remington Mark II typewriter demo.
The Torpedo company has interesting origins, founded in 1896 and originally a maker of bicycles and motorcycles based in Germany. Remington, the American typewriter company, took over Torpedo's typewriter manufacturing arm in 1931 but continued to use the Torpedo name. The most famous and successful of Torpedo's postwar portable typewriters was the model 18. Remington designed sleek new bodywork for this machine in 1964 and marketed it in the United States as the Mark II.
The factory was moved from Germany to Holland, and manufacture of the Mark II continued through the remainder of the decade. Please study the photos above for a sense of this typewriter's cosmetic condition. The machine has a heavy metal frame wrapped in Cycolac, a brand name for ABS plastic.
The carry case has some wear (I've patched the cover), but is clean and protects the typewriter well. In my work with this typewriter I extracted it entirely from its case for cleaning and adjustments; you can see an image of the naked machine in the last of the photos above.By the way, for any purists out there who look down on plastic-bodied vintage typewriters: This machine makes a compelling argument against your position. This Mark II is 52 years old and looks like brand-new. Hey, is that durable enough for you? Robert Messenger, a guru of the typewriter universe, has a wonderful article about these Remingtons in his blog. He goes deep into the wonky details and distinctions between the high-end, quality Remingtons of this period and the cheaper machines the company was then offering for sale.
The difference turns out to be not so much the design as the metallurgy: the best of the Remingtons, like this one, are built out of sturdier materials. Richard Polt, author of a favorite book, "The Typewriter Revolution, " has these words of praise for the Mark II: It has the classic Torpedo precision, speed, and springiness -- a good typewriter, for sure. This machine will come to you with a fresh bicolor ink ribbon installed, and I'll include a rubber typing pad that helps quieten everything and keep the typewriter planted on your desk. I hope you'll spend some time with the images of the specimen page, because this is what you most need to see if you plan to use this typewriter.The type here is the size called pica -- at 10 characters to the inch, it's the larger of the two most common type sizes. Line spacing can be set at 1, 1.5, 2, or 2.5 lines. The fine ratchet on the carriage adance gear makes these choices possible, and it's a nice feature because it gives you such control of the printed page. The item "1969 Remington Mark II typewriter withcase, new ribbon Working perfectly" is in sale since Friday, June 25, 2021.
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