Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957-1983

As I’ve been researching Brother machines in various store catalogs, I’ve run across a large number of Toy Typewriters. In fact, in some years (notably the mid-70’s) many catalogs had a page for Toy Typers but no page for real ones, which seemed odd to me. Anyway, I know there’s at least a little interest in toys among collectors, so I’ve flushed my collected Toy machine page finds into this post, so I can concentrate on the real machines and get these out of my research folder. (:

1957 sears ccat 1 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
Sears, 1957
1966 JCP ccat 2 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
JC Penny, 1966
1967 JCP ccat 1 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
JC Penny, 1967
1969 sears ccat 2 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
Sears, 1969
1970 JCP ccat 1 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
JC Penny, 1970
1970 MW ccat 1 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
Montgomery Ward, 1970
1971 sears ccat 1 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
Sears, 1971
1972 aldens ccat 1 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
Aldens, 1972
1974 jcpenny ccat 1 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
JC Penny, 1974
1975 eatons ccat 1 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
Eatons, 1975
1975 MW ccatalog 2 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
Montgomery Ward, 1975
1979 sears ccat 1 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
Sears 1979
1982 jcpenny easywriter Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
JC Penny, 1982
1983 MW catalog toys 5 Toy Typewriters from Sears, JC Penny, Montgomery Wards, Aldens and Eatons Christmas Catalogs: 1957 1983
Montgomery Ward, 1983

Desk Cats

IMG 7662 Desk CatsAhh, desk cats, those curious felines who sit on your desk next to your typewriter and stare at you while you type, subtly shedding fur that gets into your segment and occasionally refusing to budge from your carriage return path.  Most are only a minor bother, and make up for it by being cute and friendly. But then most of them are fairly small…

deskcat Desk Catsbut sometimes they are of a size that can be a little more distracting while you type.

wefvbuiybvei34 Desk CatsPro: more effective as a guard cat.

Con: far more difficult to budge from carriage return path.

Typewriter Database Update – “Operation Typewriter Hunt: Brother”

I’m hip-deep in the rewrite of the Brother Serial Number Page at the Typewriter Database this week, so if you have a Brother machine uploaded to the Database, please log in and check the comments on your Brother galleries. I’ve probably been badgering you about your machine. (:

A Work In Progress, that page is. If you’ve looked at it lately, look at it again, it changes every hour as I dig up some new information from a Store catalog or a lucky google image find of a machine with a serial number shown. I’ve sucked the “Edsel Saunders Collection” of Brother Parts and Service Catalogs and Addendums dry of every scrap of dating and model info I could find, sorted through every Brother machine that’s been uploaded to the database and am currently tracking down every Department store catalog I can find that includes typewriter ads, and collecting photos and serial numbers of every Brother machine I can find on eBay and Etsy in an attempt to specifically nail down all the various brandings and models and when they were produced.

It *can* be done, and I think I can do it, but I need your help. If you are a Typewriter Hunter, I now call on you to photograph all of your Brother machines and upload them with serial numbers to the Typewriter Database. Also, I ask that you play a little game with me called “Typewriter Hunt: Brother“. The rules are simple: if you see a Brother typewriter in the wild, get a picture of the machine plus it’s serial number plate and upload it to the Database as a Sighting. Cell Phone photos are fine, as long as the serial number can be read. I want ‘em all, every one you can find all the way up to those nasty plastic wedges.

If you are not yet a Typewriter Hunter, please take this opportunity to become one. Please sign up for an account at:
http://typewriterdatabase.com

2014 10 23 1 Typewriter Database Update   Operation Typewriter Hunt: BrotherWhat we’ve got so far on the page is pretty good. I’ve nailed down most of the various Brother JP “Model Types” (JP-1 through JP-18 and various variants) and I have some theories firming up about various store brandings (Sears and Montgomery Ward) and the 5 “missing” Brother JP models that weren’t covered in the “Saunders” documents. More on that later, as more data comes in.

Brother, because of it’s unique date-coded serial numbering system, presents us with an opportunity to let the machines themselves tell us their own story. All we have to do is get enough of them together to be inspected, and the patterns of models and when they were made will become apparent. Help us to complete the Brother story by uploading your machines today!

Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer

IMG 7737 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer IMG 7740 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon WriterOk, I admit it. I finally met the Checkwriter I couldn’t resist.  As a thrift-huntin’ typewriter collector, I occasionally see a Paymaster Checkwriter sitting in the same general area that typewriters are stashed. Although always intrigued and tempted by these neat very mono-purpose printing machines, I’ve always held back on buying one (and you do only need one, if you need any at all) mainly because they are invariably priced much higher than typewriters, and also because every one I’ve seen up until now has been inked with a messy pad.

IMG 7741 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer IMG 7747 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon WriterThe Series 8000 Ribbon-Writer however, as the name suggests, is inked with a ribbon, just like a typewriter. But it ain’t no typewriter ribbon in there – the Ribbon-Writer takes a ribbon nearly 4 inches wide. That ribbon spool makes the ribbons on old upstroke typewriters look wee and dinky.

IMG 7744 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer
Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer #8N149809

IMG 7749 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer IMG 7750 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon WriterThe ribbon was just one major reason why I picked this particular one as my personal checkwriter, though. The condition is beautiful and it functions perfectly.  I’ve been keeping an eye on this one in the Deseret Collectibles case for weeks, as it started out priced at $50, and grew more tempted as the price kept dropping without any buyers. When the price tag hit $10, I finally dropped the dime. Another important consideration to check before buying: some of these machines have specially-ordered impression plates that emboss the name of the company that owned it on your checks. You want to make a test print before buying to see what gets printed. If you’re gonna use it, make sure it just prints the generic “The Sum”.

IMG 7751 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer
CLEAR/LOCKED lever in operation. it controls whether the number you set is cleared or not after the check is imprinted. That’s it.
IMG 7755 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer
Set the amount of the check to be written using the front levers.
IMG 7756 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer
Write out the Payee of your check. Do this first because…
IMG 7753 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer
This lever sets whether or not the word “BONDED” is embossed over the payee name on the check. This prevents the payee name from being altered.
IMG 7759 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer
KA-CHUNK! Note the number levers being reset to 0.00 after the check is imprinted.
IMG 7768 Paymaster Series 8000 Ribbon Writer
And now you have a check, bottom one is “BONDED” embossed, top one isn’t. My checks are gonna be real cool from now on.

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