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Wed, Aug. 8th, 2007, 01:10 am
slfcllednowhere: Ephemera #4!

Ok, this is tangental, but I'm trying to get publicity all over the place, so. The new issue of my zine Ephemera, which is done entirely on my vintage typewriters, is out now, and all back issues are in stock as well. Check it out! Support a fellow typewriter lover!

Tue, Jul. 31st, 2007, 01:55 am
absurdsluttery: If you can't say it in two lines, you can't say it at all...

...that would be one creative approach to my predicament.

One of the typewriters I enjoy using is electric: a Sharp XQ-325. Something mysteriously happened to it during my last move, and now it refuses to type after two lines, obstinately beeping at me until I turn it off and then on again (repeat). Does anyone have a good idea about what I could do to troubleshoot or poke around this problem?

Also, I'd love to hear about your babies--I think it would be neat if everyone in this community posted a dossier of what typewriters they currently have and use, what they love and hate about each. Photos are encouraged.


Sun, Mar. 11th, 2007, 04:21 pm
katydidnot: (no subject)

Okay, so I just bought a typewriter yesterday from the thrift store. It works fine, just needs a new ribbon. It's a Smith-Corona Coronet, and I'm not sure what kind would work with it.

Tue, Mar. 6th, 2007, 08:21 pm
orangetshirt: NEW TYPEWRITER

i just won this auction. i am pondering if i should try to repair it. anybody have any tips?

Sun, Feb. 25th, 2007, 05:10 pm
giggalon: Recommendations?

Hey guys!

I absolutely love typewriters and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good make or style? I want an old vintage style one, but am not sure whether to go so old as to it having the gorgeous rounded keys as i know these will probably be less reliable and harder to purchase a ribbon for! so maybe 70's or 80's style...definetly not an electric one though!
Any information or problems people have come across would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you! x 

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007, 10:58 pm
rabid_violence: Brother Ep43

My mother just bought me this Brother EP43 typewriter for my birthday and I was wandering on what to do about ribbons/correction tape. I'm not sure if they still make the ribbons but I was figuring that another type of brother ribbon would be compatible. Can anyone help me with this?

Thu, Jul. 27th, 2006, 06:04 pm
nonnarcissistic: looking for help

Hi, I just joined.
A few months ago I bought a portable Sears 52100 manual typewriter and bought a new ribbon for it. It works, but I think I may have the ribbon in slightly wrong, as it keeps slipping down off the spot where the keys strike and I get a very inconsistent text darkness. Are there some general tips for installing a ribbon? It didn't come with instructions. Any help you all can offer would be appreciated. This is the first manual machine I've owned. Thanks.

Mon, Jun. 26th, 2006, 07:56 pm
crucify: (no subject)

I'm looking for just a small fun typewriter-- nothing serious. Still, I want something that's going to work well and have some longevity.

What are your thoughts on:

The Royal Premier Plus Manual Typewriter?

How well does it operate? Is manual a bad thing? What kind of ribbon does it take?


Sun, Jun. 25th, 2006, 03:16 am
llewllynn: (no subject)

Hello all!
I recently aquired a Smith-Corona Corsair, and frankly I know nothing about it except that the ribbon needs changed, and it's barely been touched before I got it. I absolutly love it, even though I can't explain when I would use it other than writing up my own personal musings, or just taking it to class to annoy classmates with the "klackklackklackBING! ziiipclick! klackklackklack." It came with a little booklet, but that only tells me how to replace the ribbon, and the parts and what they do. The model number, exact name, when it was made- None of it is in there.
There's a tabe from a ribbon box stapled to it, calling for Nukote B29, for a "smith skywriter" and a "Corona Zepher Skywriter."

Can anyone help? I've found places to buy ribbon, or order, and I know people who used to repair them for a living, so I can get anything on it fixed; I just want to know details- if there are any. In the least, a year when they were first made would be nice!

thank you!

Wed, Mar. 15th, 2006, 09:26 pm
cyber_bard_: Question ...

Today, I acquired two desktop typewriters; an Underwood 11 and a Mercedes, both salvaged from an attic and garage due to my uncle's great bartering and 'I'll buy you a beer if you give me a typewriter' skills.

Both are in very good condition, even got a secretary paper stand with the Underwood ...

But here's my question; who knows something about those typewriters? Searches on an Underwood 11 have returned nearly nothing (and it says pretty clearly 11, I checked numerous times), same for the Mercedes one. So, if anyone can point me into the direction of sites that lists them or can give me a little information on them off-hand, I'd be thankful.

I'd post pics, but I'm kind of tired. Spent three hours on trying to clean them up. As you could probably guess, they were very dusty.

Edit Apparently, the Underwood I have is an ... 1936 UNDERWOOD STANDARD. (or a 1937 one, according to the serial number.) 11 referred to the platen length. Hah, I feel so stupid now. Still searching for Mercedes related info, though.

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