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1971 Majestic 812 Serial # J8112308 1971 Majestic 812 typewriter, Serial # J8112308 James Gifford's 1971 Majestic 812 typewriter. 2016-12-29 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 1971 Majestic 812 Serial # J8112308 I already own a blue Majestic 812, but a guy down the street was selling his for $15, and who was I to argue, as these appear in local shops for $80-$150. When I added this writer to my Excel grid, I noted that the serial number is very close to the other machine I own; in fact it rolled off the assembly line only 41 typewriters after the other one. They were both manufactured in Nagoya, Japan, in 1971, shipped to Canada likely in the same shipment, were perhaps were sold out of the same shop, and then went their separate ways. Now, they're together again after 45 years. This one types quite well, though the shift lock sticks a bit. But it's pretty good, concerning he stored it in his outdoor shed, which has seen many a Canadian winter. I think he was selling it cheap because it didn't have an L keytop, which I found hiding under the carriage, and, as he said, "no one uses typewriters anymore." A story to warm your heart, except I'm kind of heartless and would gladly trade one of these for a typewriter I don't have.

1971 Majestic 812 #J8112308

Status: My Collection
Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)
Created: 12-29-2016 at 11:28AM
Last Edit: 12-29-2016 at 11:29AM


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I already own a blue Majestic 812, but a guy down the street was selling his for $15, and who was I to argue, as these appear in local shops for $80-$150. When I added this writer to my Excel grid, I noted that the serial number is very close to the other machine I own; in fact it rolled off the assembly line only 41 typewriters after the other one. They were both manufactured in Nagoya, Japan, in 1971, shipped to Canada likely in the same shipment, were perhaps were sold out of the same shop, and then went their separate ways. Now, they're together again after 45 years. This one types quite well, though the shift lock sticks a bit. But it's pretty good, concerning he stored it in his outdoor shed, which has seen many a Canadian winter. I think he was selling it cheap because it didn't have an L keytop, which I found hiding under the carriage, and, as he said, "no one uses typewriters anymore." A story to warm your heart, except I'm kind of heartless and would gladly trade one of these for a typewriter I don't have.

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I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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