Replacement of the draw band and careful reforming of a critical element in the escapement got this little treasure going. And what a treat it is. While the Corona no. 3 folder was made in mass quantities, making it possible for us collecting newcomers to acquire an example, I was very fortunate to come across this fairly unique little gem, with its set of pharmaceutical symbols.
We have a 150-year-old drug store in nearby Auburn, California. the current owner, while not quite that old, has hair at least as white as mine. I'll lug the little Corona over there the next time we have prescriptions to pick up, set it on the marble counter of the soda fountain, and share it with him over a chocolate soda to see if he can explain some of those symbols.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Almost at the same instant that the idea occurred to me of how much fun it might be for my children (7) and grandchildren (13) to get letters - real letters in the mail - i went digging through the dusty nether regions of our storage area to pull out my beloved 1957 Olympia SM3 Portable and the old Royal 10 I'd rescued from a neighbor's garbage can in the 1960's. Refurbishing them triggered a typewriter obsession. Don't tell my wife, but i believe there are now about 20 of them.
I love their looks, their intricate and precise mechanisms, and dinking around in the workshop tuning them up and bringing them back to life. i also, unfortunately, love the thrill of the hunt on eBay. But all of them are put to use for correspondence and my new hobby of decorated art letters. And sometimes they even inspire a bit of poetry.
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