Friday, December 15, 2023

There'll have been someone before

When working on a decades or century old typewriter, chances are that this is not the first time the machine has been worked on. Quite often the tell-tale signs are marked (mawled) screws or scratches inside the mechanism. 

Or as here, clear signs of the wooden spacebar having been re-fitted with new holes some time in the past. Just like the traces of black paint daubed over parts of the mechanism; signs of earlier fixing and sprucing-up.

This Corona 3 folding typewriter has now been completely taken apart. Despite the signs of older work on it, fairly certain this is the first time since 1919 that the frame has been quite this empty.

Hadn't seen a Corona 3 this way before; the serial number is actually in an obvious, logical spot - easily readable too :)

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