I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow Carrie ended up with two old typewriters from her Papa Rod (my stepdad), and his entire super cool old camera collection. I’m just a little jealous! Anyway, with her recent craft room cleanout, she decided that she didn’t have room for both typewriters so she begrudgingly allowed me to keep one at my house.
It’s such a cute little typewriter, an old toy made in the 1950’s (I think) and like all of Rod’s old toys, it’s in fantastic condition.
The ribbon was really faded and I wanted to be able to use this little typewriter from time to time, so on a lunch hour last week I took it over to a local typewriter repair shop to see about having the ribbon replaced.
It was so much fun taking
He graciously agreed, and we chatted about the typewriter business as I happily snapped photos around his shop. I asked how he got started in the typewriter business and he told me that his grandfather had started it, at that location, over 40 years ago.
I asked him other important questions like "Do you ever take the letter keys off the machines to sell to artists?" He told me that some typewriter enthusiasts really frown on removing the letter keys, but he’s done it on occasion, only if the machine itself was beyond repair.
He was able to take a full-sized typewriter ribbon and cut it down to size for my little toy machine, then he re-wound the cut ribbon around the spool, popped it in and struck some keys to test it out. Tap-tap-tap... Perfect!
The repair shop is located in downtown Mesa, Arizona ~ “Mesa Typewriter Exchange” near the intersection of Main and MacDonald. If you have a need for repair, are looking to purchase an old typewriter, or just like to look at cool old machines, I highly recommend a trip to downtown Mesa.
It's like a typewriter museum!