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« on: March 10, 2007 08:42:11 PM »

I guess this might go here?

I was just wondering if anyone has and uses a vintage typewriter?  Like the big metal ones from the 1920s?  I'm hoping to open a coffee shop and I thought that an old typewriter might be kind of cool to have on display.  If it was even functional that would be even more awesome.  Does any one have one?  Is the inkie thing hard to find?  Any advice on where to find one?

Thanks so much and happy typing!!


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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2007 09:01:54 PM »

Around here you're more likely to find typewriter bits...people like to take them apart and make jewellery out of them...

I've got a Royal brand portable from the 1930's and my Mum has an Underwood from 1895 - they both still work Smiley  Ours have been in the family for some time now, so I've no idea where you'd look for one...other than maybe hunting through thrift and antique stores.

As for replacement ribbons ("inkie thing" Wink), you can buy that at office supply stores...they still manufacture it for those calculators that print: http://tinyurl.com/2hef35

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007 03:05:13 PM »

I have seen typewriters occasionally at Value Village and a local secondhand shop. The one at VV I saw yesterday was a babe. It was enormous and just needed the ink ribbon changed.
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007 03:09:50 PM »

Oh, I've been looking for one of these.  A big baby blue one...

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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007 11:40:16 PM »

guh.. I had to use one at work today and I have had a headache ever since! It took me 15 minutes to figure the darn thing out (They are a little before my time)...  anyways long story short- check offices and schools. Also try an estate sell or post a wanted on www.FreeCycle.org
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2007 12:54:28 PM »

I love these typewriters. Here's where I look:  ebay, yellow pages for office equipment (phone and ask), craig's list, garage sales.  To find the ribbons you need, you must know the model and style of the typewriter, then you can google typewriter ribbon on the internet.  You'll find sources.  There is a posh hotel in San Diego with old typewriters scattered at the lounge/bar.  Your idea is great.

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