December 2, 2012


  1. Sorry to hear your little one moved the SM9. Maybe it has a part on it like my Smith-Corona Classic 12. I have 2. One of which advanced the paper correctly and the other not a full line. It had a little metal part that protruded out from the body of the machine where the feed pawl hit to move one or more line feeds based on which ratchet tooth it grabbed. Well, that little metal tab was bent just enough that the pawl hit one tooth too soon.
    Just an idea. I do not have an SM9 so my help may be worthless.

  2. Had an Olivetti Lettera to which the same thing was happening ... still happens. Glad no one was hurt. Good thing you don't put Olivers on that table!!

  3. Sooo much better news than discovering an incapacitated toddler pinned underneath!

  4. Oh yeah, much better than seeing my little guy squirming under a fallen typewriter! The Oliver is stored far away from prying little hands.

    I may take another look at the mechanism, as a bent metal tab ratcheting the tooth could fit the cause. At this point, it's not a big deal, but sometimes those little things make for a nice diversion when I get the need to mess around with something.

  5. Heh, one of my typewriter-loving friends has an 8 year-old girl. She can sometimes keep a machine working for as long as a couple of months, but most of her collection is fairly jacked after being used as a toy. I blame improper discipline, but I have no children, so I'm hardly an expert.

    However, Proverbs 23: 13-14 (sort of) says:
    "Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. If you beat him with the rod you will save his soul from Sheol, and thy typewriter collection from ruin."

    God said it, I believe it. :D