Over winter break I bought a typewriter.
It was kind of spur of the moment. A subreddit post recommended checking out Goodwill’s online shop to find a cheap one. So I did. The next day I was the proud owner of a typewriter.
When I opened the box, my typewriter smelled moldy, was covered in dust, and the ribbon, which is where the ink comes from, was absolutely useless. My first step was to find the serial code and identify this strange antique in front of me as a 1962 Smith-Corona Sterling. I found the compatible type of ribbons and ordered them off Amazon.
After a few hours of figuring out how to install the ribbon, oiling the keys and reading a ton of subreddit posts, my typewriter worked. The joy I felt seeing the ribbon strike and leave an imprint on the page filled me with excitement.
A few days later, my grandmother gave me my grandfather’s 1969 Olympia SM9, still adorned with the “Proudly Made in West Germany” sticker.