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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Travis, Jan 14, 2007.
I have that EXACT machine, including the case, sitting under my bed, right now!!
I have two manual typewriters which I use to write. first I do first draft on my old typewriter and then I transcribe it onto the laptop. I just don't feel it's vintage typing on a laptop when I write about the 20s.
For my daughter's 16th birthday I got her a vintage 1960s "Erika" brand typewriter from the old East Germany. She loves that thing and, a few years later, took it with her to college.
Lovely Remington Portable. Late 20s.
So here is my Underwood. I don’t know what year it is and I don’t type with it. I do use it to display a copy of my uncle’s WWII letter for winning the Bronze Star on Iwo Jima.
Here is my Underwood typewriter. Its part of my 1940s WWII Army Air Forces themed office collection... according to the Underwood Serial Number page this Underwood Model S was manufactured in the last quarter of 1941. Its still works wonderfully. Now I need a proper typewriter desk.
A dozen years later, I'm still using this. I'm actually 20 pages into a novel I'm writing. I find the actual writing to be much easier using a typewriter versus my laptop. Retyping it into the computer will be the next draft, where I clean up and re-write.
The only issues thus far are that the felt silencer refuses to stay under the type bars and my ribbon is quite old and starting to go. I can put up with the noise, but I'm going to need a ribbon soon--any recommendations? I didn't see any on my last visit to Staples.
TAke a look on eBay or any typewriter related store. Maybe you will need to rewind the ribbon into the correct spool - I have to do this with most of my typewriters.
I have heard very well about www.mytypewriter.com albeit never bought anything from them.
If impossible or too expensive drop me a line so I can indicate manufacturers here. I buy ribbons by dozens (I don't like when they start getting grayish so I change every 30-40 pages, if a black/red ribbon). They are nylon type and cost around US$1 each. There are for Olivettis, Remingtons from 50s, the Facits and Olympias. But I'm sure you will find really good ones near you. As far as I know is possible to find in USA real silk ribbons!
Thanks, @martinsantos ! I see a few candidates on Amazon and eBay. I just need to make a decision and try one, I guess.
The last ribbon I got, for my Royal Model 10, came from mytypewriter. Ten years later, and I'm still using it. I get the feeling these are new ribbons pre-wound onto vintage spools, but you take what you can get these days.
I learned to type on my mother's Smith-Corona, which aside from a few minor cosmetic notes, is the same as yours. An excellent, durable, easy-to-operate machine.
I've been buying ribbons from Swartz Ink over in La Grande, OR (https://www.swartzink.com/) and, to wind my own, e.g., on vintage spools that are difficult or expensive to replace, I buy in bulk from Baco Ribbons in Missouri, (314-835-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Not sure this has been posted or not but we just watched 'California Typewriter' and really enjoyed it. It is all about a business (California Business Machines) in Berkeley that repairs typewriters. AND...they are still in business. Well, unless this virus kills them off. we went looking to see if they were still there and they are and we are thinking about getting one to type up our thank you letters for out wedding.
Very cool! just FYI if you don't already know, if you get a vintage one some don't have the numeral 1 on the number set. you have to use the lower case L ( l ) this was to allow manufacturers to save some space in the overcrowded area where hammers were located. since the lower case l looks like 1 it works.
The wife wants one, probably from the 50's, I have not used one since HS. And that was one of the IBM selectrics, the one with the little ball thing. Always thought that was mechanically spectacular. So starting out on one again will be a relearning curve.
Here is their website:https://californiatypewriter.wordpress.com/
The zenith of mechanical typewriter development was the Royal 10, in the mid-1910s. Everything else after that was largely either gimmicky features or cosmetics. Pretty much any post-1920 typewriter will be up to whatever a 21st Century user wants to throw at it -- once you've mastered one such manual machine you've mastered all of them. It's like learning to drive a standard transmission.
My love of old typewriters —and my smooth sense of style!— can probably be traced back to this man...