We’re expecting an ancient Oliver No. 9 any day now.
Since we dragged our Remington Rand KMC in from the curb, I’ve developed a taste for typewriters. My eyes, previously closed, are now open to a world of machines full of mystery and adventure.
I have been lurking around online auctions, ogling typewriters. And I found a new typewriter: a nonfunctional Oliver No. 9. It should arrive some time in the next few days.
It fit all my special criteria:
That last item was most important to me: I wanted something that I could spend happy hours fixing and cleaning – a project I could cut my teeth on. According to the seller’s description, the carriage doesn’t move and some of the keys are stuck, but I am hoping that a drawband replacement and deep cleaning will remedy the situation. And I couldn’t resist that little pot-bellied Printype mascot.
My daughter and I are very excited. We enjoyed researching and repairing our Remington Rand KMC so much. Here is another mechanical creature in need of some gentle attention.