August 2009


I know what you’re thinking – What the heck did you do to that poor Librarian!? Trust me, it’ll work great when I’m done with it. I finally had some time to put into it, and after a little wrangling, was able to get the exoskeleton completely off without stripping any screws or losing any washers. Now she’s ready for brushing off loose dirt and dust, then my Liquid Wrench/Blow Dry treatment, followed up with alcohol scrub, a little selective oiling, and Bam! she’ll be ready to be a daily workhorse again. I’m sure in its heyday, this baby was cranking out daily type, doing yeoman’s work like the rest of us. All she needs is a little spa treatment, and she’ll be tanned, rested and ready. I may need to send the platen out to Ames to be re-covered, though- it’s pretty darn hard as a rock. We”ll see…oh, and I love the shape of the carriage return lever, like an upturned hockey stick worn smooth from use.

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I’ve been on some kind of a run with Craigslist lately, I hope I don’t jinx it. I found this beauty today. Looks to be 12 pitch Elite, but just needs a new ribbon, and it’s ready to rock. Blows away my Brother Valiant as far as construction. It has a plastic cover, but the insides are metal, and it’s pretty heavy for a travel typer.

Ergonomic keys and all!

Ergonomic keys and all!

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I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a full-sized desktop machine, but haven’t had much luck – until today. The best part was, it was free! ┬áIt’s a Smith Corona Deluxe Librarian. She’s all there, but needs a major de-gunking. A perfect candidate for the Liquid Wrench/Alcohol scrub routine that brought back my Olivetti 21. It’s a machine I can definitely imagine in a public library where equipment is expected to last a very long time. It’s got an all cast-metal enclosure with easily removable pieces, and a platen that can be removed with the flick of two levers. Very accessible for maintenance. Everything screams heavy duty on this machine. Judging from the styling, I’m guessing late 60’s to early 70’s. Maybe someone can give me a hand with the dating. I personally have never seen an SCM machine like this before. I hardly ever see Smith Corona desktops on eBay at all, so I was surprised when I picked it up. The girl said she was getting rid of it for her mother, who was the original owner. I told her I’d take good care of it. I have a few more weeks before school resumes and the Typewriter Meetup happens, so I’m hoping to get ‘er working soon. UPDATE: I just discovered this machine has a feature called Space-O-Matic, so when you hold down the space bar, it repeatedly spaces. Very cool. It’s like having an electric machine’s space bar without the electricity. Truly a cool piece of mechanical engineering. UPDATE II: According to Jay Respler at Advanced Business Machines, this machine was made in 1965. Thanks, Jay.

Ain't she purty?

Ain't she purty?

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Shh! Quiet!

Shh! Quiet!