Monday, February 23, 2009

My new manual typewriter...

I was so excited to see this box arrive last week. It actually went to my mom's house. She called me when it came in and she said I have to see all of the stamps that were put on it. It's awesome! I love stamps and this box had tons (as you can see).

I especially like these. They are a $.17 and a $.03. They are so cool.

These love ones are pretty cool, too.

Here is my typewriter. I absolutely LOVE it. I have typed on it almost everyday since I got it. I even type when I really don't have anything to say. I love how the words look in my art journal. The font is great!! My dad used to have one that I would play on when I was little, but his was electric. I love that this one is manual so that I can pretty much take it anywhere and not have to worry about finding a plug.

I love punching the keys and hearing that, clack, clickety, clack. You have to push them pretty hard to work. I am thinking that it is from around the 60's. If anyone out there knows the actual date, I would love to know.

When I read the discription for it, the guy said that when he typed on it the words were very faint. The ribbon would have to be replaced. I figured that it wouldn't be a problem because I could just order more off the internet for cheap. When I was researching ribbon on google though, they had a lady that I read about. She said that she just "re-inks" her ribbon and has been doing so for several years and has never had to actually replace her ribbon. She just had a brief description about it, but it wasn't very clear. I decided to try this idea first anyway. I figured it wouldn't be that hard to figure out. If I ruined the ribbon then I would have just had to buy a new one anyway. I didn't have anything to lose, so I tried it.
I set up my own makeshift station where I could re-ink the ribbon by myself (my hubby wasn't home at the time and I was too impatient to wait for him). I first put one end around a paintbrush and just propped it up inside some tape rolls. That would make it easy to unroll one end. I started with all the ribbon on the right side.

Then, I would hold the left side of the roll and pull on the ribbon as I held it down over the ink pad with this bottle. I just ran the ribbon over the ink pad a couple of times and re-rolled it on the left end of the roll. It took a little while, but in the end all the ribbon ended up back on the left side of the roll totally re-inked. Now was the test...did it work?!?

YES!!! It absolutely did. The top line was the first thing I typed when I took it out of the box. The bottom line is after I re-inked it. You can totally tell the difference. The one at the bottom is much darker. I was happy about that because I didn't really want to have to order the ink and then have to wait even longer to use the typewriter.


Retro Girl said...

That's way cool!!!

Genie Sea said...

Very resourceful and oh so fun! :)

LaY hOoN said...

This is so cool. I had one during my school time. But not too sure whether it is still in store room or mom had sold it out.