I love the way portable typewriters present fresh surprises around every corner.
When John Lavery was down here from Beaudesert at the weekend, he asked whether I had a spare parts mainspring for an Adler Contessa portable. I must confess I showed my ignorance - I wasn't sure which model John was talking about. But I was pretty certain I didn't have one.
The Typewriter Gods soon put me right on that score. The day after John and his wife Margaret left Canberra for Queensland, I was driving home up Hindmarsh Drive toward the intersection with Mugga Lane. With some spare time up my sleeve, I decided to turn off and cut across to the rubbish tip's recycling centre, to see if it had any typewriters worth buying.
There, smack bang on the counter, was an Adler Contessa De Luxe portable! In top condition, with case, new ribbon, and all for $15!
I took it home and was most pleasantly surprised by how well it typed. I have never really valued this model before, but now I have a whole new appreciation for it: