One week to go: Herman’s Update.

Its officially one week away from Herman’s. That means I am making the final preparations  typewriter wise. The final list of machines leaving the collection is below.

  1. 1930 LC Smith 8
  2. 1961 Olympia SG1
  3. 1979 Montgomery Wards Escort 550
  4. 1897 Remington Standard No. 6
  5. 1933 Royal 10
  6. 1939 Mercedes Prima

The following machines are coming back with me.

  1. 1894 Densmore 1
  2. 189x Densmore 2 (parts machine)
  3. 1903 New Century Caligraph no. 5
  4. 1905 Smith Premier No. 5
  5. Smith Premier No. 10
  6. Remington Smith Premier No. 10
  7. Corona 3
  8. Smith Premier 2 (parts machine, may only take what I need)
  9. Remington 10 (possibly)



New Century Caligraph No. 5.

I have also ordered some wide ribbons for the SP2, SP5, Densmore 1, Remington 7. They arrived today. I will be taking the wide ribbon along as well.

Lastly I have a message for Richard Polt


There will be 2 categories in the typing contest at Herman’s. Modern machines and antiques. I will be in the antique category. I will be using either the SP5, Caligraph 5 or Densmore 1.

One week to go: Herman’s Update.

More Repairs and Smith Premier 2 update.

I got more typewriters to repair when I brought back the last batch.


First up is this 1953 Royal HH SN# HHE4995619. It needed a ribbon and some work to the Magic Margin system.


The other machine in for repairs is this Royal KMM from 1942 SN#KMM12-2934745

It has a keyboard with math symbols.


I decided to repaint the top deck of the Smith Premier 2. It had about 25-30% of the paint flaking off. I have repainted it with some gloss black lacquer. I also redid the pinstripes.


It is not perfect as I did not remove all of the old paint prior to doing this and the pinstripes could be better. I like it for the time being. I plan to have a lot of things beadblasted (for the Densmore) in the near future so I may redo it at that point.


More Repairs and Smith Premier 2 update.

In for Repair & Behemoth

I have gotten some more machines from the local antique shop to repair.  Up first is this Remington Noiseless 10 from 1941.


We then have the oldest of the machines (and older then most typewriters). A 1904 Underwood 4. This machine has a crinkle finish on the paper table and front plate as it was rebuilt at some point.


Next up is this wonderful little Corona 4 from 1929. I discovered that the front feed roller was missing! But thanks to a replacement part from Tom Furrier at Cambridge Typewriter I was able to get it working again.


This 1973 Smith Corona Sterling did not need much work done to it.


Some of my typewriters are leaving the collection, Here is a list so far.

1897 Remington 6

1930 LC Smith 8

1961 Olympia SG1

1979 Wards Escort 550

These are all going to their new owners at Herman’s.

A few days ago I decided to get a machine up and running that I have got at Herman’s last year. My 1941 International (IBM) Electromatic. This machine had a few problems. The biggest one is that it would not type. Most of the keys created no impression and some did not activate at all. This was solved by adjusting the little rubber driveshaft between the motor and the machine. Another major issue was the return clutch would get stuck in the on position, jamming the machine. I fixed this by pounding the knockout toggle link back into the correct position. The Backspace and Tab did not work as well either. The clevises for both mechanism had come undone in the back of the machine. The machine is now working fine.  It has a very strong impression.  Having a hard platen is no help.  Even on the weakest setting it is very powerful. It was rebuilt at some point in the 50s or 60s as it has grey paint and newer style grey knobs.

I call it Behemoth.


How would you go about cleaning all the gunk out of the key legends? They are quite dirty and I would like to make them legible again.



In for Repair & Behemoth

Frankenstein’s Typewriter

Remember the 1934 L.C Smith 8 i purchased about a year ago?


I have a 1938 L.C Smith super speed saved from a keychopper scrap pile with a 5 pitch typeface. I decided to take the typebasket from the super speed and put it on the model 8. I took the top deck off both machines, then removed both typebaskets as well as the starwheel from the super speed. I then put the super speed starwheel, typebasket and backspace stop on the model 8. This worked except for one problem. The 4 typed the d and the d typed the 4! This is because on the super speed levers are bent a different way to accommodate the spacebar. I then took out both the 4 and d typears and swapped them around to fix this problem. I now have a fully functional 6-pitch typewriter. Its sure to make a big impression.

Frankenstein’s Typewriter

1956 General Electric Portable Television

I have many hobbies. One of these is vintage vacuum tube based electronics. Last weekend I completed the restoration of this television.


It is a General Electric model 14T009. Originally it was red and white but the top was very rusty so I repainted it over the weekend to the turquoise you see here. I restored the electronics inside last year. Restoration of the electronics involved replacing all the old paper and electrolytic capacitors plus a surprisingly large amount of  bad tubes. Whenever you see a unrestored piece of electronics from the mid 60s or earlier 95% of all problems are caused by bad capacitors (starting in the mid 60s they started to transition to polypropylene film capacitors which rarely go bad like the paper ones). Once restored old TV’s are pretty reliable. Its a lot of fun to watch old TV shows on a old TV!

1956 General Electric Portable Television