Thursday, June 10, 2021

Smith-Corona Vantage typewriter

The ribbon is found under a cover that swings up and forward.

The top part of the plastic shell is a bit tricky to get off.

The way the mechanism works is less than obvious.

A couple of months ago I bought this Lexikon 82 on eBay and was frustrated to discover that several characters just wouldn't print. I have no idea what to do about that, except clean the mechanism (which did nothing). So this is now a parts machine. 

The Lexikon 82 is simpler than the Vantage in a few ways: the Vantage includes two plastic paper guides, a swinging cover for the ribbon (shown above), and a half-spacer.

When I was a kid, I got a book of Milton Glaser posters, and I was fascinated by his posters for this machine, which celebrate the sheer coolness of the interchangeable typing ball. 

And yes, I still think it's cool!

Let's take a look:

Too quick for you? OK, let's slow it down:

You've got to admit it's pretty neat.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Typewriter Hawaiian shirts

Would you wear this?
How about this?

If the answer is yes, search for “typewriter unisex Hawaiian shirt” on eBay right now and you’re in luck. Also available from the manufacturer, Aloha Sunrise

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


I’m very touched by this hand-drawn thank-you card from one of my favorite students, based on one of my favorite typewriters.