I bought this
Imperial portable with my year-end bonus. It is in excellent condition. But the real reason I bought it is that it has some very strange symbols. Any typospherian could tell me what they stand for? Thank you.
pp for pages, cf for compare, how about "+" and "ib"?
Very interesting, I've never seen these symbols on a typewriter before. "ib" or "ibid." is short for "ibidem," which is Latin for "in the same place." The † sign can be used in addition to * for writing footnotes. So my guess is that this typewriter was owned by someone who was publishing academic papers.ReplyDelete
It's not a Remington, it's an Imperial -- a Good Companion Model 1, I believe, based on a Torpedo design.
Thank you Richard. Yes, it is an IMPERIAL not a Remington as stated in the post. But design-wise, I have always believed that it is based on Remington design as both machines have the flat look.Delete
Fascinating. I've seen a few unique characters but I've never seen these. To add to Richard's idea, it could also have been a departmental machine at a university.ReplyDelete
It's a beautiful machine. I've always liked the crest decal on Imperials. Congratulations on an interesting find!
Thank you Erik. When I first saw it, I thought it was used by some clergyman, as the cruciform reminded me of the church.Delete
An Imperial typewriter with an "Ibid" key, how cool is that. Congratulations for such a unique find.ReplyDelete
Thank you Ton. I'm happy that I finally owned it.Delete
The cruciform character is called a dagger and is used in typescripts to denote a footnote. I think it must have come from a publisher or academic author.ReplyDelete
...and of course Richard is correct. That's a Good Companion. Imperial was the only typewriter manufacturer in Leicester. Nice and shiny too!ReplyDelete
Thank you Rob for visiting and your explanation. Now a mystery is busted.Delete