Yep, these are 21st Century Brothers
1987 JC Penny Christmas Catalog, the very latest mention I can find of the JP-1 being sold new.
The Brother JP-8 Parts and Service Manuals
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. (:
Ahh, 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…
Con: far more difficult to budge from carriage return path.
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:
What 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!
Ok, 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.
The 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.
The 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”.