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1929 Corona 4 Serial # 2P04977 1929 Corona 4 typewriter, Serial # 2P04977 Mighty Jabba's 1929 Corona 4 typewriter. 2023-06-12 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mighty Jabba: 1929 Corona 4 Serial # 2P04977 I got this 1929 Corona 4-bank portable from ShopGoodwill.com, and it was easily the dirtiest/grossest machine I’ve received so far. It must have spent many decades in a musty basement or the like, since when I got it the case was a completely lost cause, every surface of the machine was coated in grime, and the ribbon was moldy (see below for a few “before” pictures).

I spent much of a Saturday giving it a thorough cleaning before I could even start looking at its functionality. It had the usual problems like sticky keys, but also rock-hard feed rollers (which I replaced with heat shrink tubing) and some trouble with the ribbon advancing mechanism. I never entirely figured out what was causing it, but I found that if I left out one of the screws securing the left ribbon platform, there would be enough play for it to work properly. The bell was also not functioning, and while I can get it to work for a while, it will always eventually get moved out of position. The mechanism relies on a piece of metal on a thin spring, and I’m kind of surprised that it ever worked reliably.

Several of the key legends are wonky, but I decided to only correct the “T” key, which was almost upside-down. It’s a bit of a shame they are so yellow, but at least they are a uniform color.

On the back is a decal saying that it was sold by the Taylor Typewriter Store in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Anyway, I’ve got it working pretty much 100% now, and it doesn’t look too terrible thanks to the shiny front plate. I can see why people like collecting the color variations of these machines. They are pretty charming.

1929 Corona 4 #2P04977

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mighty Jabba (MightyJabba)
Created: 06-12-2023 at 10:41PM
Last Edit: 06-12-2023 at 10:41PM


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I got this 1929 Corona 4-bank portable from ShopGoodwill.com, and it was easily the dirtiest/grossest machine I’ve received so far. It must have spent many decades in a musty basement or the like, since when I got it the case was a completely lost cause, every surface of the machine was coated in grime, and the ribbon was moldy (see below for a few “before” pictures).

I spent much of a Saturday giving it a thorough cleaning before I could even start looking at its functionality. It had the usual problems like sticky keys, but also rock-hard feed rollers (which I replaced with heat shrink tubing) and some trouble with the ribbon advancing mechanism. I never entirely figured out what was causing it, but I found that if I left out one of the screws securing the left ribbon platform, there would be enough play for it to work properly. The bell was also not functioning, and while I can get it to work for a while, it will always eventually get moved out of position. The mechanism relies on a piece of metal on a thin spring, and I’m kind of surprised that it ever worked reliably.

Several of the key legends are wonky, but I decided to only correct the “T” key, which was almost upside-down. It’s a bit of a shame they are so yellow, but at least they are a uniform color.

On the back is a decal saying that it was sold by the Taylor Typewriter Store in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Anyway, I’ve got it working pretty much 100% now, and it doesn’t look too terrible thanks to the shiny front plate. I can see why people like collecting the color variations of these machines. They are pretty charming.

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