197? Facit 1620 #780631
Status: My Collection
Created: 12-22-2013 at 09:30AM
Last Edit: 12-22-2013 at 09:50AM
A very impressively constructed machine. Massive bearings. Nice looking. As received the carriage would not advance. Thanks to encouragement from the typosphere community, this machine was brought back to life. The initially immovable escapement ratchet gear was gradually released over a period of two or three days by application of penetrating oil, combined with gentle tapping to turn it at first very slightly back and forth. It eventually freed up completely. Pica font.
The illustration with the rubber band shows how I eliminated an irritating rattle when the space bar was operated.
Follow the link to my blog post that describes these repairs in more detail.
Hunter: Anthony Mindling (tmindling)
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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