Classic Vintage Typewriters

Professionally-Restored Vintage Manual Typewriters

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Our Expert Technicians spent many hours diligently restoring your typewriter to its original beautiful design and optimal performance. We take great pride in our work and are confident you will enjoy this unique typewriter. Let us help you resolve many common issues. We will also provide you with a few Manual Typewriter maintenance tips.



HOW TO USE A MANUAL TYPEWRITER:

Please watch this short video: 5 Tips for Beginning Typists with Mr. Richard Polt

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DOWNLOAD FREE OLYMPIA MANUAL TYPEWRITER OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS:

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DOWNLOAD FREE REMINGTON MANUAL TYPEWRITER OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS:

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HOW TO MAKE TYPEWRITER CORRECTIONS:

There are several options to make corrections. It all depends on your preference:

Tombow Mono Original Correction Tape. Compact dispenser with sideways application for exact placement of tape. Write or type over instantly. Leaves no copy shadows.

Faber-Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil with Brush. For precise erasing. Suitable for ink, Indian Ink, ballpoint pen and typewriter. With brush. Made from rubber. PVC-free. Note: Eraser debris will accumulate inside the typewriter. Be sure to periodically clean off the dust for optimal typewriter operation.

Nu-kote Model BW277 Black/White Universal Typewriter Ribbon (Single Strike Correction Tape). Note: Dried-up Correction Tape debris will accumulate inside the typewriter. Be sure to periodically clean off the dust for optimal typewriter operation.

Ko-Rec-Type Correction Paper (or its plastic-based equivalent Correction Film) is a tab of plastic with one side coated with white correction material. Can be difficult to find online.

Wite Out Correction Fluid. Not recommended. Very messy. Dried-out wite out is extremely difficult to remove from Typewriter Alignment Guide, Clear Perspex Shield, Platen, Top Cover, etc.

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TYPEWRITER KEYS (CARRIAGE) ARE STUCK:

To prevent damage during shipping, we locked the Typewriter carriage and keys. To unlock, follow instructions below:

Olympia Manual Typewriters: Toggle the chrome switch in top-left corner of the keyboard.

Pre-World War II Remington Manual Typewriters: Either (1) gently pull-out the right-side carriage knob or (2) disengage chrome switch on the carriage left-side.

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PRINTED TYPE IS TOO LIGHT (FADED):

#1: We are all used to type (gently) on modern Computer / Laptop Keyboards. But with mechanical typewriters, only physics are at work (no electronic assistance). You must strike hard on each key.

#2: Typewriter Ribbon is old and dry. Purchase new Typewriter Ribbons.

#3: Typewriter Ribbon is incorrectly installed. Reinstall the Typewriter Ribbon.

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PURCHASE NEW TYPEWRITER RIBBONS:

Olympia Typewriters: Your typewriter accepts Universal 2" Typewriter Spools with circular center holes and 1/2" wide Ribbons. You can purchase Universal Typewriter Ribbons from Amazon.

Pre-World War II Remington Typewriters: You must wind the typewriter ribbon directly onto the original metal spools. You can also purchase generic Typewriter Spools with 1/2" wide ribbons.

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INSTALL TYPEWRITER RIBBONS:

Typewriter Ribbon Installation (Illustration)

We highly recommend you read William Davis' excellent tutorial for Typewriter Ribbon Installation. For your convenience, we've converted Mr. Davis' guide into PDF format: [Download PDF]

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GENERAL TYPEWRITER MAINTENANCE AND LUBRICATION:

Our technicians spent nearly 10 hours restoring your typewriter (complete disassembly, thorough cleaning, adjustment, oiling and testing). We guarantee excellent mechanical operation. When the machine arrives, please allow it to acclimate to the new environment. Just like a person warms up her muscles before exercise, we recommend that you "warm up" this manual typewriter prior to each typing session. Simply type each key several times in a row. If a key sticks, don't be alarmed. Retract the typebar and keep testing until it operates as designed.

Ocasionally you will need to lubricate the typewriter mechanical parts. Here's how:

Manual Typewriter Oiling (Front)
Manual Typewriter Oiling (Back)
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Our goal is to exceed your expectations. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact us.