have been asked many times "Where can I find a mint condition
manual typewriter of (such and such brand, color, etc)?"
The question is usually followed by, "The last typewriter that
I purchased looked nice and was reported to be in proper working
condition. However, after receiving the machine, I found that certain
functions such as spacing, backspacing, printing, correct key alignment,
etc. did not work properly at all!"
Years ago, I would have answered by saying that a brand new machine
would be the only way to go. However, in today's computer age,
there is little to choose from in the new typewriter market,
so one must make do with what is available, starting with, if
possible, a physically
"mint" machine. This usually means a typewriter with
excellent paint, decals, nickel, etc.
A typewriter that is truly in mint condition, both
physically and functionally, does not just "appear" on
the market. Our typewriter import/export business brings in thousands
of manual typewriters each year, and many of these machines are "new" in
the box. Even these new typewriters need attention before they
can properly be used. Physical appearance definitely plays a large
role in selling almost everything, but looks alone will not get
a document typed.
At MrTypewriter.com, we not
only sell typewriters that are physically beautiful, we also make
certain that when a customer buys a machine from us, it is physically
functional in every respect. Once a customer selects a machine,
we do everything necessary to make sure that the machine is ready
for use. Included with every machine that we sell, our ten-step,
pre-delivery process will give you some idea of the importance
that we place on typewriter maintenance.
Here's what we do:
1) Remove platen, feed rollers and ribbon. Remove machine from
the outer case, and air clean.
2) Chemically clean machine and type until free of old ribbon ink.
3) Air blow and oil typewriter.
4) Replace roller and feed rolls. A hard platen will damage the
type and tear the ribbon, and a hard roller or bad feed rolls will
not correctly take up paper.
5) Install a new nylon ribbon with the proper metal spools, and
with a reversing eyelet, if needed.
6) Check for ribbon drive and ribbon reverse, both sides.
7) Adjust uppercase and lowercase type so that they are both "on
their feet", and line up (write on same line).
8) Check margins, back spacer, tab, tab set, tab clear, line lock
9) Check that all keys hit the platen properly and do not stick
in the type guide.
10) See that the machine fits properly in its case (if it's a portable)
with its instruction manual.
When you buy one of these vintage machines from
us, you'll be getting a typewriter in perfect working condition
that will serve your typing needs for many years, or if you are
a collector of old typewriters, you'll be acquiring a piece of
equipment that will make a fine addition to your collection. Typewriter
collecting is a relatively new hobby that is rapidly growing in
popularity, and these machines are becoming increasingly more difficult
to find, as more and more people switch to personal computers.
Someday, these fine old examples of
engineering and manufacturing excellence may be completely gone
and may be only a memory. But at MrTyperiter.com we
continue to keep alive, these wonderful trophies of earlier times.
To our international customers:
We understand the logistics of international packaging and shipping,
and we can assure you that we have the experience and facilities
to provide you with prompt, reliable and efficient handling of
If you're interested in owning a fine typing instrument
and marvelous collectible, we'd like to hear from you. Please contact
us by email, telephone or U.S. Mail. You may reach us at:
904 N. Castello St.
Florissant, MO 63031
Mon-Fri 8:00a - 2:00p Central
Pre-paid shipping anywhere in the United States