After impatiently waiting more than a week since I won the e-bay auction, I was beyond excited when the mailman finally delivered this today! I have no idea how old this little machine is, but I am thinking it's maybe from the 1920's or 30's. I'll have to research it. It is the cutest little thing!
It's in very good condition except parts of the case are brittle and little pieces are chipping off. My excitement waned a bit when I tried to type on it. The auction said it worked, but I couldn't get the keys to go more than halfway up - nowhere near the roller. I was feeling cheated and thinking "dummie, believing a stranger's description on e-bay and sending money no less!"
Then I started playing with all the little levers and moved one on the side and, magically, the keys all popped up! When they are in this position, it types! The ribbon is not too bad, but my next project will be to try to track down a new one. If anyone has any ideas on where to get old ribbons, let me know!
The inside of the case is even imprinted. It says "To Benj. Schiro, From Local No. 91, Niagra Falls, NY" Would love to know the history of this!