Packing a Vintage Typewriter for Safe Transport

I thought I’d do two things at once for today’s post: cover some best practices for shipping typewriters AND ask the seller of a recent purchase to please pack carefully. Here’s the item in question: an Adler Universal, just purchased for the low, low price of $5.95 plus no small amount in shipping: Subject: Winning…

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…