The end result is stunning.
Old typewriters aren’t ever used anymore – at least not in a professional setting. But there are some people out there who still use them for a sense of nostalgia.
There are others that collect them for the aesthetic, and to be perfectly honest, I’m someone that would love to someday own an old typewriter that I could display in my home office. I doubt I’d ever do some actual writing on it, but I like the idea of having one.
Granted, typewriters are old, and if you find one out in the wild, you more than likely need to take it somewhere to be restored – particularly if you want to try writing on it.
One man, Lucas Dul of Typewriter Chicago, is someone who works closely with typewriters. In fact, he repairs and restores them.
In a fascinating video, he shared insight with Insider on how he went about repairing a Royal portable typewriter from 1930 back to its original glory. As Lucas explained, it was brought to him by a client. And judging from the video, we doubt this client will be disappointed by his work.
In the video, Lucas says, “I’m going to show you how to restore a 90-year-old Royal typewriter. This particular machine was purchased new in India by a family member of my client. To him, it is a family heirloom. The serial number places it in the second half of 1930.”
Then, he went on to repair it, but in order to do so, he had to first take it apart. Then, he was able to give it a deep clean while also replacing several of its parts. Once he’d put it back together, it was time to give it the final test by seeing if it would actual work. And it did beautifully as it wrote like brand new!
Lucas stated, “The restoration involves taking apart the entire machine for deep cleaning, removing rust with a wire brush, replacing discolored keys, reassembly, and a type test to ensure the machine works perfectly.”
Check out the video down below:
What do you think of the typewriter repair? Do you have a typewriter? Would you ever want one? Let us know!SKM: below-content placeholder