1938 Corona Zephyr #xxxxxx
Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)
Created: 12-08-2020 at 03:02PM
Last Edit: 03-23-2021 at 12:18AM
I'm not too crazy about this one. It needs a lot more repair and replacement than I care to do: platen, ribbon advance springs, felt, it skips occasionally, and the case is broken. While I do like the glass-like keytops and compact size, typewriters before WW2 take more TLC than I have the time and patience for right now. Since it was a gift from a friend, I can't bear to part with it just yet, and so I tinker on...
3-21-2021 EDIT: I fixed it! A little bendable metal tab underneath adjusts carriage trip. A strip of flat fat yarn makes a decent typebar rest. Smooth but hard platen types ok with two sheets.
Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Out of the blue in the summer of 2020, I really wanted a typewriter again, so after some online research and browsing, two Brother machines landed on my doorstep. A pastel blue 1971 Montgomery Ward's Signature 511D and a creamy 1985 Sears ultraportable both ignited a fire I haven't felt in a long time. I quickly found Ted Munk, the Facebook groups, and the rest of the typewriter online community, where I learned how to fix them and appreciate them. By summer's end I had collected 20 typewriters to cure my 2020 pandemic blues. Now I'm obsessed about all the different styles, every aspect of the mechanics, and their important history. Typewriters are an endless source of fascination as a literary medium, for creativity, a tinker-fest for machine geeks, and still contribute to the economy. I truly enjoy learning how to bring mid-century or later typewriters back to life, even the electric ones, while completely in awe of the unique antiques that folks brilliantly restore. It warms my heart that there are others, and here we are sharing the same passions about typewriters together.
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