Thursday, February 11, 2016

My Corona 3

I've had a great deal of fun with my latest typewriter, a Corona 3 from 1922.  I had been watching this little typer on a Craigslist post from my neighboring state of New Hampshire for almost a year.  When the ad was re-listed as Antique Going Out of Business Sale, I made a deal and this beauty was shipped to me.  I say beauty now, but it came with some rust and the ribbon vibrator and universal bar were seized.  It was also missing a ribbon spool.  But this was where the fun began.

I needed help with my Corona 3 and turned to the Yahoo Typewriter Group.  After posting a few questions, I was immediately contacted by John Schellenger who sold me the correct ribbon spools for my machine.  As I cleaned and cleaned this little typer I could tell I was making progress.  The rust was gone and almost everything was moving freely.  I had some more questions and heard back from Steve Dade in California who encouraged me to call him.  Steve is a wealth of information on the Corona 3 and Corona 4.  He let me know that my model is known as an "automatic" due to the ribbon reversal mechanism.  Steve also let me know that the Corona 3 feeds ribbon from the front of the left spool and the back of the right spool - who knew!  All in all, I learned a lot from this little machine.  At 94 years of age, it still types great!

Another plus to my Corona 3 were the artifacts found in the case.

My Corona 3 must have stated its life in New York City and somehow traveled to New Hampshire.  

One previous owner must have been worried about worn out ribbons!

Perhaps this is why my type slugs were pretty clean after 94 years!


  1. Your Corona cleaned up beautifully - and it types very nicely for 94. I've always wanted to try one of those little folding typewriters. Perhaps one will wander into my life.

  2. Very cool! love that ephemera! (:

  3. Very cool. I have a 3 in need of some TLC, may need to tap your resources, thanks!

  4. Just acquired a Corona 3 - minus the ribbon spools. Can you share the contact information of where you found yours?

    1. You will love your Corona 3. I found out that the ribbon spools changed over the years. I would check with Steven Dade on the Yahoo Typewriter Forum for more info as he is Mr. Corona 3! I can send you his email if you email me directly. Good luck!