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I got this Oliver No.9 for one reason only. I had no idea what they looked like close up, and perhaps by getting a rusty, cheap one I could get familiar with it. And, indeed I am...
The Oliver No. 9 was just covered in rust! Paint? What paint? I could only see rust over rust. Then I sprayed it with a WD-40 Rust dissolvent that is safe on paint (I see your disappointing stare!).
The Oliver No. 9 actually does quite well with this type of treatment. As the rust continued to dissolve, I started actually seeing paint under the rust. Decals are amazingly clear and readable. Paten dates on the back are mostly readable, and typebars are starting to move... I think that this has the chance of becoming a fun restoration project one day. (I have never restored anything!)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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I have only been at this for about a year. However, Having struggled with health issues, while attempting to complete my doctorate in clinical psychology, I find this a great source of comfort and encouragement. Not everything that appears old and useless is indeed old and useless. The right person can always pick out the treasures behind the rust.
My interests started in a rather eclectic manner. And, it started much like it does for many of us. I wanted to get back to writing, and wanted to do it without all the high-tech mumbo-jumbo! I wanted a typewriter.
So, I set out on a bath to find one that worked for me, and that sent me toward first Royal and then Smith Corona. My first two usable typewriters were my Royal Arrow (SN:962522) and my Smith-Corona Portable (SN: 1C-2163). But, then I went crazy! Large ones, small ones, usable, or not... I loved them all!
Today, I try to keep myself down to about 25 or less in my collection. My primary focus is on portable typewriters manufactured between 1929 - 1965. And, my focus is mostly on European makes, especially those from Germany.
As for the perfect typewriter, for me? Well, I have a few. They are German made Olympia SM3s, SM4s, and an SM7 (newly acquired), as well as my Voss Privat, my Gossen Tippa-B, and my Brosettes. I guess I couldn't choose between them!
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