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A visit to Ace Typewriter

by | Aug 7, 2015 | Portland, typewriter shops | 14 comments

Joining us at Ace was Portland resident and regular client Ethan Jewett:

Ethan, Matt, and Lewis check out my Junior 58:

An early Underwood 3-bank getting the Ace treatment:

Some 19th-century machines inhabit a top shelf:

My Junior enjoys the ambience of 1962, complete with a cigarette butt in the lamp/ashtray:

We inspect a folding Erika:

Lewis’ gleaming Harris:

Nick gives the Harris a whirl:
Matt demonstrates a keytop removal tool:

Three painted Quiet De Luxe sisters:

This gadget is for rewinding ribbons:

Matt’s dad started the practice of peeling old labels off machines that were in for service. He saved them all. This is now a historical archive … as is the whole shop.

Some panoramas (click for a better view):

Thanks for the hospitality!

14 Comments

  1. theshytypospherian

    (Calling behind me) "Hey babe!"
    (from the other room) "Yeah?!"
    (Me) "Pack up the kids: we're moving to Portland OR!"

    Thank God for places like Ace Typewriter :) Safe travels, Richard.

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  2. Herman

    Looks like a great place. I will plan to visit the next time I am on the left coast.

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  3. Ted

    hmmn, did you ask if his dad kept inventory records in the 60's/70's? (:

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  4. Richard P

    Didn't think to ask. But it wouldn't surprise me. There are lots of files in there.

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  5. Bill M

    Old repair shops of any kind are truly places of wonder. The typewriter shop is no exception. If allowed I could get lost in that place quite a long time. They've got some really nice looking typewriters.

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  6. schrijfmachine

    That looks very nice! especially the blue baby selectric :)

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  7. Anonymous

    Yes! I'm not the only one who likes the labels!

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  8. Anonymous

    Wow, what an incredible place!

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  9. Thom "Pappy" B

    I journey in the AM to this holy place, the first of for this pilgrim. I recently started collecting–and how lucky for me I live in PDX.

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  10. Michael R pdx

    Gee, glad to hear you all like my local shop.

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  11. Guth

    As I write this, it's now been more than five years since the original blog post was created. I'm happy to report that very little has changed at Ace Typewriter. Matt is a great guy and Ace Typewriter is a total time warp in more ways than one. I mean that in the best way possible. I've been there just once. Yet within just a few minutes into that visit, I knew that Ace would have my continued business for as long as it remains.

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  12. Richard P

    Thanks for the update. I'm so happy that Matt is continuing his good work.

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