From Eye Candy To Function – Corona No. 3

Many years ago Laurie and I dawdled off to a friend’s house sale.  We really didn’t need anything but as is always the way, we came home with more stuff.  One item of “stuff” was a very dusty, non-functioning Corona No. 3 typewriter.

1920 Corona No. 3 - serial number 292484

1920 Corona No. 3 – serial number 292484

For many years it sat as decor on our bookshelf, much as I assume it did in the house before.  As I began collecting typewriters within the past year I must have passed this gem by multiple times, never giving it a second thought.  But recently…

IMG_0202… a thought niggled in my mind.  “HEY!  I’ve been doing some minor maintenance on the typers I now own.  I should take a look at this pretty little machine”.

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So onto the work table it arrived.  Very dry mechanisms along with some rust.  The carriage locks up.  Hmmmm…

I quickly discovered that the carriage travel issue was caused (at least in part) by a jammed up draw band.  Try as I might, I could not unjam it.

Drawband is off the capstan Captain!  I don't think she can take much more!

Drawband is off the capstan Captain! I don’t think she can take much more!

So I abandoned that heady job and sailed for calmer waters.  I successfully freed all of the keys and enjoyed the aural orchestra as I snapped upon the beleaguered platen, all in one spot.

OK- it’s a long term project.  But a welcome family member now.  ~T~

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