Tuesday, February 3, 2015
I Give Away Such Nice Typewriters
When my older daughter saw the Smith-Corona Sterling that I gave my younger daughter, she asked for a typewriter of her own. I went back on the hunt but finding a vintage typewriter is not always that easy. I went back to the thrift shop where I had found the Sterling again and again and found nothing. I checked Craigslist religiously and found nothing until one day, after weeks of checking, I saw a woman's local ad for a typewriter. This was the first item the woman had ever put on Craigslist and her phone was already ringing. I said I could stop by that evening and picked up this nice Remington 5 Streamlined. I didn't know how lucky I was! I knew nothing of glass keys and pre-WWII portables and this little baby had everything. It was in very good shape except the case was a little worn. The woman explained to me that it had belonged to her mother and that she and her brothers and sisters had played with it as kids. I fixed up the case with some contact cement and a cotter pin for a hinge part. The typewriter itself cleaned up very nicely with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - a new must have for my typewriter repair kit. Now the gloss black paint shined. The only problem was that the carriage return bell did not ring. I could see the mechanism that was meant to trip the bell ringer, but it did not seem to have enough spring left. I took a spring out of an old ballpoint click pen and hooked it up to the ringer and heard the sweet sound of the little bell. Now that I have learned a lot more about collecting portables, I know how lucky I was to find this gem. And the price? Just $40!