Buying, fixing, and selling.

Today I walked into the antique mall for my weekly dose of stress relief. I was searching for an old license plate to use as a paper tray for my Olympia SG1. At this point I have a reputation there: “It’s the typewriter guy!” and, ” How are you, Mr. Typewriter?” All typewriter collectors understand…

How to mend a divot in a platen.

I picked up this 1948 Royal KMM for $25 at a thrift store some time ago. It was in tough shape. Very dirty. I removed the platen to clean under it. I had to reshape some parts so that the paper would feed smoothly. In the end, and in spite of some small rust underneath,…

Parting with a typewriter.

As all collectors understand, it is sometimes necessary to let machines go as one’s collection expands and takes on definition. My collection splits into two categories: 1) pre-1940s machines that I occasionally type on but always gawk at, and 2) 1950s to 1960s machines that can withstand heavy writing. I don’t have a lot of…

My Second SG1 Made Whole: Sell or Keep?

A friend of mine sent me a replacement cover for this SG1. (It arrived today.) I picked up the typewriter–dirty, sticky, and coverless–for $20.00 from a local antique dealer two weeks ago. I figured no one would buy it without a cover. Now it’s clean and complete. These machines sell for good money. Should I…

The Teacher’s Pet: The Typewriter and How to Use It

I grade papers using a typewriter, taking photos of my comments and sending them back to my students. I type these comments as I read student papers on my iPad. This has allowed me to avoid glitchy educational software, to double my output, and to improve my comments in general–focusing on important issues rather than…