Olivetti, You Make-a Me Crazy!

The Achilles Heel of the Olivetti Studio 44, Studio 45 and Olivetti 21 portables has to be the line space lever assembly. I will elaborate in a future post but for now, all you need to know is that this Olivetti Studio 45 arrived without a critical link to engage its line space lever. The…

1939 Hermes Baby: from Wreck to Revitalized

When an opportunity to buy a Hermes Baby comes up, I will usually take it. That goes double for the early models from 1935-1939. My latest Hermes Baby venture was a 1939 model with the original grey ribbon and an international QWERTY keyboard. How could I resist? So what if it was a little dirty?…

Gojo Hand Cleaner

Against my better judgment I bought an incredibly filthy Royal KMG last November. KMGs are solid, reliable machines but they are also notorious magnets for dirt. Their battleship gray paint is porous and soaks up dirt and grime with a vengeance. Most of the keys were sticking on this one, and the mechanicals were coated…

Carriage Removal on an Alpina Typewriter

I’m planning a typecast on my 1957 Alpina SK24 but first it needs a little wrenching. The carriage needed to be removed so I could have better access to certain adjustments. The English-language Alpina User’s Guide doesn’t cover carriage removal, but the German-language guide does. I translated* the German guide’s instructions into English plus shot…