If only the paint finish was more durable on these machines. I like the look of them apart from that.
I think the best of these are the All-News, which you have featured in your ad at the bottom of your blog post. The first Quiet-Riters were identical to these machines, like yours, but just a few years later it became a little more bulbous and cheeky. Those are the QRs most often found. I like those a lot too, but I think the earlier flat sided ones are slightly better machines.
They're not very sexy, but they are solid, workhorse typers. And they seem to be definitely quiet(er). However, my local Craigslist sellers apparently think they are museum pieces, I hardly ever see one listed for less than $75
Aw, they're not so ugly! The Sears Newport and the Olivetti Diaspron could easily beat a Quiet-Riter in an ugly contest.They must have sold like hotcakes around Cincinnati. For a while I was finding one in the thrift store every week.
It's not ugly at all! Just the product of a different kind of esthetic, like you see in the Buick's and Chevrolet's of that same period. There is an Underwood portable that has a very similar outline as this one.