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How to Correct Mistakes on a Manual Typewriter

A question I am often asked is how to correct mistakes on a manual typewriter. There are a few options available today that work very well.  I've used them all at one time or another. First, simply "x" through the mistake. For much of the writing done on manual machines, this is a perfectly acceptable solution when that pinky strays to the wrong key.  Plus, it gives your writing some character.  Embrace the typos! Another option is to use Bic Wite-Out Correction Tape (or a generic brand of the same item). When you make a typing mistake, roll up the paper so you can easily get to it, apply a piece of correction tape over the mistake and you're good to go....

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Slowing Down With a Typewriter: The Meandered Musings of a Not-So-Practical-Poet

  If you know me well, you know that I'm always interested to hear about a person's experience with their new writing machine.  To that end, I asked Brandon if he would mind to write a piece reflecting on his experience with his newly acquired Smith-Corona Silent typewriter.  He graciously agreed.  Take a few minutes and read Brandon's reflections below.  You'll be glad you did. --Bryan --------------------------------------------------------------------- Slowing Down With a Typewriter:The Meandered Musings of a Not-So-Practical-Poet I think I was about eight years old, maybe nine. It’s funny the things that memory opts to keep so fresh, even as years and years fade. I remember this particular moment like it was yesterday. I remember the cold kitchen linoleum underneath my...

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The Underwood Leader Typewriter - a Review

I purchased an Underwood Leader Typewriter a few weeks ago.  This one appeared to be in very good condition and since I don't happen to own this model, it seemed like a good time to purchase one.  I've had it long enough now that I thought I'd provide a short review. Cosmetics The cosmetics of this machine are good since it sports an eye-pleasing two-tone paint in light and dark gray.  What you don't see in this machine is a lot of chrome or other accents that you might find on more fully featured machines.  The Leader was meant to be a bare-bones typewriter . . . just enough functionality to do what a typewriter needs to do without any...

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Basic Typewriter Tools

Like any hobby or profession, there are basic tools required to do typewriter repair.  As my grandfather always said, "Use the right tool for the right job."  His advice couldn't be truer today especially with typewriter repair.  Here are a few items you'll need to get started.   A Good Set of Hollow Ground Screwdrivers.  Don't cheap out on this one and don't use the screwdrivers you probably have for repairs around your home or to work on your cars.  Here are a few sets that many people use. Gracie Gunsmithing Screwdrivers.  I really like this set and use them almost every day.  It has a nice mix of sizes that you'll need and the screwdrivers are made in the...

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