A Few Quick Brown Foxes and All Good Men

SF. Olympia SF. Yes, this is the era of SF as seen in a photo of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond. So of course I wanted it. Badly. And I have the battle scars of the bidding war to prove it. (Let’s just say it is now the most expensive typewriter in my collection.)

Upon receipt of it via Fedex, I went from relieved to disheartened to hopeful to accomplished. Even though it was shipped upside down, it was packed really well. The first little scare was when I saw a piece of plastic in the bottom of the case. It turned out the left shift key had just popped off. Easy fix.

Doing some test typing, I noticed the tension of the ribbon was so tight that it wasn’t allowing the ribbon vibrator to raise up all the way. At one point, the ribbon stopped moving. I got a sinking feeling, realizing why this typer likely ended up at the thrift store. But I persevered, looking intently at the collection of mechanisms driving the ribbon movement.

Losing hope, I just happened to notice something. The ribbon reversal trigger–the two prongs through which the ribbon travels, eventually catching the grommet located on either end of the ribbon–was bent to such
a degree that it was leaning against the ribbon spool. As I tried to spin the spool with my finger, it was definitely being impeded.

Crossing my fingers, I made the bold decision to bend it back away from the spool. I did so by actually pressing down on the top of it, just enough until I
felt it give ever so slightly. Sure enough, that did the trick. So I repeated the process on the left side, though it didn’t require as much of an adjustment.

Test typing sheet back in place, I tapped out a few quick brown foxes and all good men until I was satisfied the problem was resolved. Indeed it is.

Here I have put into practice something I mentioned in a Typewriter Club LIVE a while back: typing on a printable Rocketbook page for ease of scanning and OCR in one pass, without leaving the comfort of my spot on the couch. I think the process deserves a video. Stay tuned.

Author: Gregory

6 thoughts on “A Few Quick Brown Foxes and All Good Men

  1. Congratulations Gregory! I’m relieved to hear that it all worked out okay in the end. It seems like the timing is right for a new secret agent in the world, and you’re just the guy to write that story now that you’re armed with the SF. I have no idea what the agent’s name would be, but I suppose the title of the story itself could be “Rocketbook”.

    1. Thank you, Bill! Now you have my mind spinning around coming up with agent names and plots. I could do a lot with a title like “Rocketbook”.

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