trade and discussion of typewriters
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!
...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.
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.
i just won this auction
. i am pondering if i should try to repair it. anybody have any tips?
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
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?
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.
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?
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!
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.