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198X Messa 5000 Serial # 3300-01762 198X Messa 5000 typewriter, Serial # 3300-01762 James Gifford's 198X Messa 5000 typewriter. 2016-09-02 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 198X Messa 5000 Serial # 3300-01762 Made in Portugal. I paid CAN$40 for it in downtown Toronto. It types quite well for an unremarkable-seeming machine. The A key is a little loose but otherwise all the keys work well. The black foam plate perpendicular to the keyboard with the all-caps MESSA logo with stylized M gets in the way a tad when typing numbers. A very solid, dependable machine, and the only typewriter in my collection made in Portugal (licensed by Royal).

198X Messa 5000 #3300-01762

Status: My Collection
Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)
Created: 09-02-2016 at 02:26PM
Last Edit: 09-02-2016 at 02:27PM


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Made in Portugal. I paid CAN$40 for it in downtown Toronto. It types quite well for an unremarkable-seeming machine. The A key is a little loose but otherwise all the keys work well. The black foam plate perpendicular to the keyboard with the all-caps MESSA logo with stylized M gets in the way a tad when typing numbers. A very solid, dependable machine, and the only typewriter in my collection made in Portugal (licensed by Royal).

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Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)

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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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