Flynn Taggart My hovercraft is full of eels.

1936 L.C. Smith Standard No. 8

This typewriter holds several honors in my collection. It was my first attempt at cleaning & repairing a machine and has been my most intensive repair project to date. It was also my very first standard desktop model.

My L.C. Smith No. 8 was purchased from an antique shop in Vermont during the summer of 2010. It barely functioned, was caked in a deep layer of crusty dirt, had a bent key, was missing several screws, and all four feet were rusty. It took me a solid week of work, but I was able to bring it back from the dead... almost. To this day, there is still one lingering problem that I cannot seem to fix: The ribbon advancement mechanism doesn't work properly. For some reason, it only advances the ribbon when I'm typing on the right-half of the platen. On the left half, it sits still and after a few keystrokes, the typebars wear a hole in the ribbon.

The machine itself looks pretty decent considering the amount of time I put into it. Oddly enough, it doesn't have the normal look of a No. 8. It's almost as if some of the outer casing was replaced with alternate parts that didn't match up to the originals. I'm not entirely sure what the story is behind this, but researching that aspect is on my "to do" list for this machine. As you can guess, it is still a work in progress and one day I'll get that ribbon advancement fixed too.