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196x Smith Corona Silent Super

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Purchased from the corner junk store in Georgetown, CA for $20 in August 2014. Gave it a bath in white gas. I suspect there are better ways - next time I'll try a plant-based degreaser. Most keys were sticking as a result of that bath. Kroil has freed them. Put it outside to dissipate the odor, and in the morning found a praying mantis paying it a visit. Elite type. Was working well for a couple of letters and a blog post, then suddenly developed an escapement hesitancy. Perhaps needs lubing - altho I'm sure my liberal Kroil application must have reached the esc.

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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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