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1936 Rheinmetall Herold Portable Serial # 183721 1936 Rheinmetall Herold Portable typewriter, Serial # 183721 Paolo Dal Chiele's 1936 Rheinmetall Herold Portable typewriter. 2023-03-13 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Paolo Dal Chiele: 1936 Rheinmetall Herold Portable Serial # 183721 Without the case, without the Tab key and lever, with broken draw band.
For the rest in good conditions...
The serial numbers are curious. Comparing with the only Herold portable I have found in the web, the general serial number in lower, the model serial number is higher and the serial number of the carriage is different from that of the model, and significantly lower.
The fact that not only the Tab key and lever are missing, but also any part of the Tab setting mechanism makes me thinking that perhaps not all the Herold portable had this function.

Update 1:
New pictures.
Removed platen, feed rollers and paper bail rollers to be professionally refurbished.
The hypothesis that the Herold was also produced without tabulator has been confirmed by an identical typewriter (see link, thanks to Alessio Vescovo).
P.S.
I love Rheinmetall....
Update 2: platen recovering in progress.
Update 3: The moment has come...
Update 4: End of the story.
A few months have passed and the time has come to close the Herold as well.
Return cable replaced with one from an Olympia SM3. As it is often the case after replacing the rollers, it took some work to adjust the contact pressure between the main and the feed rollers, and as a consequence the resistance of the return lever
Now that everything works perfectly I can finally try how it works. The two shift keys in the center require some effort to adjust, but not too much. For the rest, I don't understand the Herold has had so little success; the working position with the elbows more open is indeed comfortable...
Not a great specimen sample, but I have not at hand now other that a ribbon inked by myself.
The last picture open the question of typewriter bluing....

1936 Rheinmetall Herold Portable #183721

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Paolo Dal Chiele (pdcox)
Created: 11-12-2021 at 12:44PM
Last Edit: 03-13-2023 at 01:03PM


Description:

Without the case, without the Tab key and lever, with broken draw band.
For the rest in good conditions...
The serial numbers are curious. Comparing with the only Herold portable I have found in the web, the general serial number in lower, the model serial number is higher and the serial number of the carriage is different from that of the model, and significantly lower.
The fact that not only the Tab key and lever are missing, but also any part of the Tab setting mechanism makes me thinking that perhaps not all the Herold portable had this function.

Update 1:
New pictures.
Removed platen, feed rollers and paper bail rollers to be professionally refurbished.
The hypothesis that the Herold was also produced without tabulator has been confirmed by an identical typewriter (see link, thanks to Alessio Vescovo).
P.S.
I love Rheinmetall....
Update 2: platen recovering in progress.
Update 3: The moment has come...
Update 4: End of the story.
A few months have passed and the time has come to close the Herold as well.
Return cable replaced with one from an Olympia SM3. As it is often the case after replacing the rollers, it took some work to adjust the contact pressure between the main and the feed rollers, and as a consequence the resistance of the return lever
Now that everything works perfectly I can finally try how it works. The two shift keys in the center require some effort to adjust, but not too much. For the rest, I don't understand the Herold has had so little success; the working position with the elbows more open is indeed comfortable...
Not a great specimen sample, but I have not at hand now other that a ribbon inked by myself.
The last picture open the question of typewriter bluing....

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Hunter: Paolo Dal Chiele (pdcox)

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Interested in historic motoring and vintage cars, I received a typewriter as a bonus when I bought and old off-road car. The previous owner had found somewhere a typewriter produced for the German army and when he sold me the car he gave me the typewriter too. As I learned later, it was a1961 Olympia SM7 Robust..
Of the typewriters I value more character than perfection, the signs that time has left and the stories - or fragments of stories - of those who used them ...



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