1920 Corona Folding No. 3
Up for sale is a classic Corona Folding No. 3 which was manufactured in 1920. For being over a century old, this typewriter is in exceptionally great shape. Everything works perfectly on this typewriter, right down to the bell. However, despite being fully functional, this is not a typewriter that you're going to want to use heavily. While this typewriter can still be used to write the occasional note here and there, this machine is not the best machine to type on, and the typeface on paper is not the most clear and even. The Corona 3 was one of the first original portable typewriters. It was designed to be extremely compact and light, yet still functional (and it was for its era). The Corona 3- coming out in 1912- was commonly used among war correspondents in the First World War. In order to be compact, this typewriter folds over itself to fit in the case. The keyboard is a "3-bank" meaning there are three rows of keys. The characters shown above the letter on each key can be utilized by holding the "FIG" (Figure) key down. If you have big hands, this is not a friendly typewriter to write with, but with patience and attention, it still can be used. This typewriter does not use universal ribbons. You will want to re-thread the ribbon on this typewriter. The owner's manual can be downloaded for free here: https://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/Corona3.pdf
Cosmetically, this typewriter is extremely impressive. The paint largely shines almost like new, although there are a few spots (on the rear, for example) where the paint may have been touched up. The nickel plated parts are still really shiny for the most part. The keytops are slightly discolored, but it adds some character to this typewriter. The case has some wear, but is in fair shape overall especially for its age and still does its job to keep the typewriter safe and portable. As far as the rubber on this machine. The platen is in good shape, and I have re-covered the feed rollers, so paper feeds pretty well into this machine.
As I've said before, I would not recommend this typewriter for heavy use whatsoever, however it is fully functional and it can still be used here and there. The carriage return 'lever' takes some getting used to, as it's easy to either double-space (as I did in the sample). This typewriter makes for an amazing decoration and conversation piece that's still completely functional after 102 years.
If you're looking for a Corona 3 that shows its age a bit, then this is a great machine with some character.