I took a brief hiatus from ye grande ole interwebs in order to focus on some projects (namely, the Royal). However, Friday morning greeted me with a new resident at my doorstep:
And on the stoop it stayed until my husband arrived home from work. The postage would reveal why; at nearly a dollar a pound, the shipping price was a few cents shy of $59.00 (the ebay seller, treasures-4-fun, only charged me a bit over $44.00 for the shipping from Pennsylvania and did not ask for reimbursement when it turned out to be more than the estimate). The box dimensions are roughly 20"Lx14"Wx12"H. Here's an illustration of the sheer size of the thing:
|This is not your momma's M-16 ammo can.|
|'Big' sister First on 'Little' sister Behemoth's shipping crate.|
|Oops! We put her in backwards!|
|Behemoth, in all her pre-cleaning glory.|
|Keys and type bars.|
|'Caked on the back of the machine was ancient typewriter oil, like cosmoline on an old battle rifle'|
|The now-dead platen.|
Before I sign off I would like to take a moment to sing the seller's praises; the communication was fantastic and I feel they really went above and beyond the call of customer service. They had good, clear photos and a very accurate description and have been just wonderful to work with. It's very refreshing to work with such a great seller, and we will buy from them again!
Do not use fifty-plus pound typewriters as thrown weapons!