Tag: Vintage Technology

Vintage 1930s Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Typewriter, Refurbished, Impeccable

 

Impeccable 1930s Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter
Designer: Hildalgo Moya
Date of Manufacture: 1935
Serial Number: AB212
Impeccable Cosmetic & Mechanical Condition

Offering a 1930s Art Deco Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter in impeccable condition. It’s been fully refurbished, with original high gloss black paint. The Imperial portables from this era were all hand assembled to a high level of excellence. It shows minor signs of use and everything works flawlessly. The typewriter received a meticulous cleaning, servicing/adjustments, and a new ribbon. It was disassembled for cleaning. The chrome plating is in excellent condition, with only minor signs of use. All the original paint has been carefully cleaned, polished and waxed. A very high quality wax was used on the paint for a deep “showroom” shine. The rubber platen is in fine condition. There’s a significant historical value to these early Imperial portables in this level of condition. The typewriter comes with an original carrying case, which is in good condition for its age, with wear to the corners and some surface wear. The carrying case has a very nice clean felt interior. The original leather handle has some wear from age, but is reinforced by a steel core, so it’s very sturdy. The typewriter comes with a high quality reprint of the original manual. It takes many days to refurbish a typewriter. It’s ready for regular daily use.

There are very few early Imperial models around in this level of cosmetic and functional condition. The typewriter is a joy to use. The Royal Warrant displayed on the right side was awarded to the Imperial Typewriter Company by His Majesty King George V, for their ingenuity and beautiful Art Deco inspired styling. The Imperial ‘Good Companion’ captured the hearts of writers & musicians, including Ernest Hemingway and John lennon. This portable typewriter is an exceptionally well designed machine with stunning luxurious looks, but is also an important piece of history from the WWII era. A rare find in this condition. The early portable Imperials were considered the Rolls Royce of typewriters.

The typewriter draw band (carriage cord) comes with a one year warranty against breakage. If the draw band should ever need replacing, we will replace the draw band. Shipping not included for this warranty coverage. The warranty is available to buyers within the US only.

Dimensions: Approximately 12″W x 5.5″H x 12″D (carrying case)

Price: $1349.-

Note: The typewriter will be professionally packaged and ship fully insured via UPS Ground within the US.

Note: The typewriter will be professionally packaged and ship fully insured via UPS Ground within the US. Domestic Shipping: $38.-USD

Note: International shipping by request only. Please be in contact for exact international shipping rates to your country. Additional shipping fees apply to Alaska and Hawaii.

Vintage 1930s Style Imperial ‘Good Companion’ Portable Typewriter, Fully Refurbished, Impeccable

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Offering an impeccable Imperial ‘Good Companion’ portable typewriter. It’s in fully refurbished condition, with black satin original crinkle paint. The Imperial portables from this era were all hand assembled to a very high level of excellence. It shows very minor signs of use, and everything works perfectly. The Imperial typewriter was disassembled and received a meticulous cleaning, servicing, a new ribbon, and extensive testing. The type bars and slugs have been cleaned for sharp type quality. All the original paint has been carefully cleaned. It’s an exceptionally beautiful machine from 1940. There’s a significant historical value to these early Imperial portables in this level of condition.

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Vintage Telephones

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Vintage telephones add so much charm and elegance to a room or office. Western Electric made the finest telephones in the world, with all metal bases and time tested bakelite handles. Their telephone technology was above and beyond the competition. A 1930s model 202 with an E1 handset like the one above was the pinnacle of telephone design during the Deco era. There’s nothing like dialing a call on a clickity clack sounding refurbished rotary dial, as it makes every call feel important. The separate ringer box which accompanied this model had beautifully cast brass bells, making a beautiful sound, much like the sound one would hear while watching a Hollywood film of the 1930s with a telephone in the scene.

In order to keep elegant old telephones alive and working, Hartong International fully refurbishes each model with an obsessive attention to the fine details. The 1930s Western Electric Model 202 displayed above is offered for sale in our store. Like all the vintage and antique telephones we carry, they have been fully refurbished with stunning glossy paint, new or inspected NOS wiring and updated networks to work on all traditional telephone lines. Many of our telephones can be used on cable internet based telephone services with a simple adapter. The example pictured has a beautiful Italian leather base pad, which keeps your furniture free of scratches and allows the telephone to stay in place when dialing a call.

Visit our store for more excellent examples of stunning vintage and antique telephones in full working order.