After finding my dear Olivetti almost one year ago, I've been meaning to take him to someone for a while, just to get him re-ribboned, cleaned up and have his carriage fixed. It is hard to make time to do such a thing, especially when establishments that can do such things are few and far between.
Luckily, the wonderful Cambridge Typewriter Company is only a mere 27 minutes from my current location, so today--Olivetti and I scheduled his appointment for matinence. I'm so excited.
It's a pretty terrific establishment at that, too. When I walked in, I was instantly hit with that fresh whack-in-the-face "oldtime" smell that generally accompanies ancient books, storage closets, or--and in this case--musty typewriters. It was fantastic! The owner and wonderful repairman, Tom, was able to inform me of the carriage issues and the need for a tune-up and new ribbon within three minutes, and promised me a "look new" typewriter for when I return in two weeks time.
His shop was gorgeous, and he let me take a few pictures, which I would love to share with you now.
Got to love the fact that this typewriter promised "noiseless"ness.
A children's typewriter! "Tom Thumb"'s were generally bought by parents, Tom informed me, to help their children learn how to use a typewriter, and type, from a young age.
Cherry. Red. Olympia. What else do I need to say?
Who doesn't love a Remington? Honestly?
These beautiful, multicoloured keys of the "teaching typewriter" made my heart melt. I love it so much! The owner is one lucky person indeed!
When I get my Olivetti back, I will be sure to post some pictures...as well as type a few letters and send them out in my excitement!
To ribbons and carriages--
~ Ms. Always Traveling