It just figures. Three months ago, when perusing the local antique mall for Viet Nam-era machines, pre-war Royal and Remington portables were thick on the ground.
But now that I am in the market for one, with aims to add it to my cadre before the planned Tri-CityType-in?
Bupkis. Comma. Total.
Sure, there were a few old-timey desk machines, but I'd never be able to sneak one o' those past the lady wife. Plus, with the writing machines and crafting supplies around these parts, I would be at a loss for a horizontal surface to place it on.
So, Typosphere, if you happen to know where a fella can lay hands on a pre-war portable machine (that you know, works) for relatively cheap and in a timely fashion, let a fella know.