If Aquaman Had a Typewriter

Time for another Local Typewriter Club meeting. Spent the first hour chatting, and now it’s time for typing! As we chatted, Bob was trying to look up the serial number of this typer, but with little luck. So we put out a call for help in the Facebook groups. Nothing helpful yet. We’ve deduced this may be a bit of a rarity.

I brought this typer today because I noticed it hadn’t been used in a post yet. I need to make sure all the typers get their fair turns.

As you can see, there’s life yet in this ribbon. More than I thought, really. Bob was telling me you can actually use WD-40 to bring a little life back to a ribbon. I’ll have to try that.

I’m noticing that the first couple characters at the beginning of most lines start a little high and then fall into line with the rest. The carriage return lever feels like it could use a little work; don’t know if that has something to do with it.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this guy. He’s snappy with a light touch. Quite loud, though.

Hmmm… Maybe an issue with the feed rollers? I noticed the paper keeps shifting. Sadly, that’s not an issue I would feel comfortable fixing. But maybe I should try anyway. Ha!

Really, the best thing about this typer is the color. The top is a lighter aqua, the bottom being a darker color in the same family. Too bad it’s mostly plastic. It has a plastic lid with built-in handle, and just enough room to tuck in a few sheets of paper. That’s all right with me.

Author: Gregory

2 thoughts on “If Aquaman Had a Typewriter

  1. I forgot the details of your typewriter club. How often do you meet, and at what venue? I’m always curious how other groups are ran.

    That line slipping problem usually has something to do with the spring loaded roller that engages the line spacing cog on the left end of the platen roller. My Olympia SF does it too. It can also be caused by the teeth of that cog are dull from wear, and might be fixed with careful use of a fine file on the faces of the teeth.

    1. Oh, thanks for the tips, Joe! I’ll look into those solutions.

      Our typewriter club is a fledgling group. We’re still trying to get things figured out. Author and podcaster Bob Marshall started the group. I’m helping him promote it. We got set up on meetup.com, quickly gaining a few members. Myself and Bob included, we have nine now, but I think at any one meeting we’ve only had three attendees. The meetings are weekly, but I can only attend bi-weekly. We’re on a hiatus right now as our venue is located in Downtown Riverside. The famous and historic Mission Inn has its Festival of Lights going until January 6th, so parking downtown is nearly impossible until then.

      We meet in the basement of a popular, locally-owned coffee shop, Back to the Grind. I work at a public library in a neighboring city, so I might see if we can have meetings there on occasion. Perhaps even when it is closed.

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