For Christmas I bought myself something I had been wanting for a while: an old-school manual typewriter.
I found a Remington Quiet-Riter on Craigslist for $30. It was a little bit corroded but overall was in excellent shape. The seller said it had been in his family since the 50s and had never been used, and I believe him.
I started out with some basic cleaning. I set it on a sheet of newspaper to collect the gunk, and used a brush dipped in denatured alcohol to clean the works inside.
The ribbon was original and clearly had never been used, but was dead nevertheless. An office supply store in the neighboring town luckily carried replacement manual typewriter ribbons.
(I say “luckily” because obviously you can order them from Amazon, but I did not want to wait.)
It has some quirks. There are two spots where the carriage sticks, and you have to hit backspace and then the spacebar to get past it. And there is significant ghosting of the letters on normal 20lb bond paper.
The ghosting is better on a higher-quality 32lb bond paper, but still evident.
But hey, I’m up and running.
I had one main use for the typewriter in mind, and I’ve had the thought for months now: yarn labels. I have a very lovely fountain pen, but the thing about fountain pens is that they do not improve your penmanship.
Sure, you can print out yarn labels on the computer, but this lacks panache.
Also, now I can continue to write blog posts after the apocalypse.
(I wouldn’t really do that.)
(I might do that.)