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In which Google fails me...
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...but mainly because of my own lack of patience, or possibly because of my inability to "construct" a "search string."

All right, for reasons I am choosing not to examine or question, I've hit a fertile and productive period on new fiction, and I hit it when I started using one of the two manual typewriters Gwenda and I picked up at a junk shop in Asheville a couple of years back. I want to keep this thing going, but I'm not sure these particular machines are going to keep going themselves.

Here's the deal, though. I'm not a collector, I'm not, as Mama used to say, "Tiquey" (rhymes with "teeky," refers to folks who are in to antiques). What I want, is a new manual typewriter, but I want to try it out first.

So I don't want to buy it over the internet.

And by "new," I mean "newly manufactured," not "new to me."

I found out that companies called Olivetti and possibly Olympia still manufacture manuals, and I found websites where you can buy them pretty cheap. What I haven't been able to find is a list of US bricks and mortar distributors for those companies.

How about you? Can you find such a list? Don't you want to win a valuable prize? (It's even more valuable if said distributorship is within three hours drive of Lexington, Kentucky, but I'll take what I can get.)

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