I had a Corona that had been calling out to me since the fall, a 1940 Corona Sterling three-stripe Speedliner. I really loved how the Corona decal shone from the black crinkle paint ribbon cover. But this machine had a fatal flaw, rust that had struck the segment, springs and levers on the 7, J and N keys. Everything else was fine and I thought I could repair it, but I ended up breaking the linkage on the N key. I set it aside and let my frustration subside- oh if I had been more patient and had learned about Evapo-Rust sooner. My Corona sat in a back room calling out to me. Every time I saw that beautiful ribbon cover I promised myself I would put it to good use. I started keeping an eye out for a "parts machine" that could use a new ribbon cover and then I found a 1947 Silent Speedliner that was selling on the cheap because it's ribbon cover had splotches of white-out on it and one corner had some discoloration. When this new machine arrived I was pleased to find that it was a Pica machine that was in great condition with the exception of the minor cosmetic flaws on its ribbon cover. No worries, I had a beautiful Corona ribbon cover that was calling out to me!
The rusty fatal flaw!
Not really all that bad!
I can see the Corona 4 heritage with the cover off
I am looking forward to seeing typospherians both young and old at the spring Type-In on April 30th from 10AM - 1:30 PM. This expanded type-in will be held at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vermont. Exciting events include:
A visit via video by typewriter author Richard Polt.
Activities for children based on the book "Click, Clack, Moo."
My wife and I took a machine à écrire safari, or, typewriter safari to Montreal, Quebec, Canada this past weekend for my birthday. How lucky am I that my wife will allow me to drag her to "foreign lands" in search of typewriters. Traveling to Montreal is a short two hour drive from my home in Vermont. It's like having Europe next door. As for the safari, I had scoped out a few shops the day before and was excited to find shops with multiple machines for sale.
This little shop looked promising, especially when I noticed a Corona 3 in the shop window. But that excitement turned to disappointment when I found that this machine and the Underwood 4-bank inside were listed for hundreds of dollars and the other typewriters in the shop were Brothers for $60. It was a fun shop, but they knew their "hipster" market.
The next stop took me to the market street of St. Laurent to a funky shop called La Boutique du Collectionneur. A local guide calls it a shop that is not for the faint of heart and it boasted a weird and wonderful collection of objects including a selection of typewriters.
Alas, the only machine I was interested in was a Facit until I noticed that it had an AZERTY layout. I was in Canada's largest French speaking city after all. I passed on the Facit and the owner told me about an Olympia that he had out back. It was a wide carriage SM7 with the issue of the top three rows of keys not striking the platen. I told him that a common issue with Olympias was worn out bushings and sure enough, the rubber on this machine looked pretty crispy. I have not found this with my own Olympias so I am not sure if the bushings were the problem with this machine. I passed on this machine too. My patient wife and I moved on to Montreal's museum of fine art and a nice dinner out before we drove back home. This was my first typewriter safari in a big city which, I learned, brought big city prices!