Smith-Corona Vantage typewriter

Smith-Corona Vantage typewriter

The ribbon is found under a cover that swings up and forward.The top part of the plastic shell is a bit tricky to get off.The way the mechanism works is less than obvious.A couple of months ago I bought this Lexikon 82 on eBay and was frustrated to discover that...
Guest post: Disassembling a Smith-Corona Zephyr

Guest post: Disassembling a Smith-Corona Zephyr

The Smith-Corona Zephyr, introduced in 1938, was the company’s response to the Hermes Baby — a light, compact typewriter that could easily be taken on a trip. The design was a success, especially in its postwar incarnation as the Skyriter. The basic mechanism...
Typewriter repair at the museum

Typewriter repair at the museum

It was exciting to get a request to make a “house call” for typewriter repair this morning at the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati—a dramatic building designed by Zaha Hadid. Upstairs, an installation by artist Calcagno “Cal”...
Smith-Corona Coronamatic 2200

Smith-Corona Coronamatic 2200

I suppose I should have taken a “before” picture of this machine that came in for service at Urban Legend Typewriters. It was simply covered in grime and hair. Nauseating! Plus, I am not immediately attracted to ’70s design, so my initial reaction...
The takeaways

The takeaways

Congratulations to ZetiX for guessing the four winners from Friday’s typewriter safari! 1. This Adler J4 was an obvious choice at just $29.99. It’s an uncommon and well-made portable with interesting styling (reminiscent of its notorious big brother...
Hey Cleveland! This Friday! Be there!

Hey Cleveland! This Friday! Be there!

Breaking news for typists in the Cleveland, Ohio area: “California Typewriter” opens this Friday, September 22, at the Cedar Lee Theater at 2163 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. After the 7:15 show, I’ll be there to take questions along with...