1. I just acquired a Smith Corona Seventy.
    I replaced the ribbon thinking that was problem, but I believe the "ribbon vibrator" isn't working.
    Or, at least, it isn't rising up to meet the ribbon.
    Anyone have a fix for this?

  2. Hi.
    You stated in your section on the later model Erikas...
    "There exist the following models that I have not seen any examples or information about, but exist in the serial number listing: 158, 128. (If you have any information, please let me know)"

    Well, I have recently purchased an Erika 158, with serial number 6902193, making it manufactured in 1982. I bought it from the original owner, who purchased it in Christchurch, New Zealand, used in university a few years, and has kept it in its case in a cool dry closet since then. It is in like-new condition and is working beautifully. A new ribbon, a touch of oil here and there, and a few days of hard exercise, and it's humming along effortlessly. Please let me know how to send you photographs, and I'll be glad to do so. If a photo of the manual cover or anything else to do with the manual would be helpful, let me know that also.

    The 158 had to have been the top of the line model, as it has everything one would have in a full size office typewriter - full # keys 1-0, full tabulator, four position ribbon colour setting, touch control, half-space space bar, a repeating space bar, settings for single/1.5/double space carriage return and a free-wheeling platen roller when the platen knobs are pushed to the right. It is a very nice typewriter.

    Thanks for your work on making all this information public!

    Jim Simmons

    1. Thanks for the information! If you want to send any images, just email them to the address on this page.

  3. I’m in need of information and it seems you are the only online resource for information I’ve reacently picked up a speedwriter and I’m looking for answers to a couple of questions. First, what is the lever on the front right with the - and +? And secondly, what is the key with the two arrows below the backspace? Any help would be appreciated.

  4. I have an Olympia Gold plated typewriter, elite type, ca 1960. My parents bought it as a High School graduation present in 1960. It is in beautiful shape, despite having gotten me through a 1964 degree in English at UC Berkeley and my husband through Law school at UC Davis School of law in 1972. What more can you tell me about this. It still has its case and the cleaning brushes that came with it. Thank you.

  5. Hello. I picked up what I think is an sm2? I’m not too sure.
    It’s serial number is 126020
    It’s Matt black with silver trim. And clips in to an amazing wooden box. I’d upload pictures but there doesn’t seem to a be a way.
    I was wondering am I correct with an sm2? 1951?
    I’m looking through database serial numbers and can’t find it to be honest

  6. I have (I think) a 1936 Olympia Simplex typewriter #0116893. Do you have information about it. I'm also a factory trained Olympia servicing person and have been servicing Olympia and a lot of other makes for over 50 years. I also have every SM model of Olympia. Enjoyed your information.

  7. Hi!
    I am trying to identify my grandmother's typewriter which seems to have gotten lost in between moves. My mother volunteers for a non-profit fleamarket so that's where it inadvertently might have ended up.
    To make things worse, it was a script typewriter of which's rareness I have only recently learned...
    I would be extremely grateful if you could help me take the first step of getting this (kind of) typewriter back. I have a cutout of a picture of it that I'd be happy to send to you should you be willing to help with this. It would be most appreciated!

    PS: the email button on top goes to nowhere for me