Built in 1971 at the Brother company's factory in Nagoya, Japan, here's a classic example of the brand that played an important role in the history of these machines. Beginning in the early 1960s, Brother's lightweight portable typewriters disrupted the American market in much the same way that companies like Honda and Toyota were upending the automotive market. With a fresh ink ribbon, this machine weighs just 10 pounds and 7 ounces. It's a mature iteration of a design first introduced in 1961, a compact model with a user-friendly interface, a quick and easy touch and a form factor that makes it convenient to store away and transport.
As a family of typewriters, Brother's portables have a reputation for consistent reliability. In this short clip of the machine at work, note the responsive action and the excellent quality of the typed impression on the sheet. 1971 Brother Echelon 89 typewriter demo. The type pitch produced by this machine is pica: 10 characters per inch. This is the larger of the two most common print sizes produced by classic manual typewriters.
The typewriter has been fitted with a new bicolor (red & black) ribbon, which I've wound onto a period-correct pair of steel spools. In my work with this typewriter, all the metal bodywork came off for access to the mechanisms inside. The photo gallery conveys the machine's cosmetic condition, and the scan of the specimen page conveys what a clean and precise impression the typewriter lays on the paper.The line advance can be set for single spacing, double spacing or 1.5-line spacing. There's no rust anywhere in this typewriter's mechanisms, and the carrying case is clean and solid. Mechanically, this typewriter has no issues. Every key and every control works as it should. The Echelon 89 is rich in features as lightweights go, with a touch control, a complete tab setting and clearing mechanism, a "power spacer" next to the space bar, and a full keyboard with the numeral 1 and the exclamation point. If you're still reading, please feel free to skip this paragraph. Working on this machine, I just couldn't help but wonder, Why the name Echelon? " The definition doesn't help much: "echelon can refer to a military formation, or to a rank or tier of people in an organization.
My guess is that the word just sounded good to the marketing people in Nagoya -- so good that over the years, Brother produced at least eight different typewriter models with this name: the Echelon 55, Echelon 66, Echelon 77, Echelon 79, Echelon 88, Echelon 89, Echelon 91 and -- wait for it: The Brother Echelon. Please be in touch now with any questions you have about the condition of this typewriter -- and in the future with questions that come up as you get started with your new machine. The item "1971 Brother Echelon 89 ultraportable typewriter, case+ribbon. Works perfectly" is in sale since Monday, May 17, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters".
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