1920’s Working Rare Blick (Adler) Universal Typewriter – New Ribbon, Renovated Case – Rare Cork Platen


Working Blick Universal antique, manual portable typewriter in London, UK. After some research on the serial code, I concluded that it was produced in the 1920’s. Regardless of such old age, the machine works very well!Β We have extensively tested this machine and all of the basic functionalities work as expected. A custom new ribbon has been installed that should last for 9-12 months. The Blick typewriter also comes with a wooden case.

The overall condition is excellent. The keys type well and only few stick at times. There are signs of use and age present – to be expected for a 100 year old machine! Please note that the case has been renovated, new leather reapplied on the outside and a replacement handle installed.

You might notice that the platen (the cylinder that the paper goes around) is actually made out of cork, whereas normally it was made out of rubber. This was done to prolong the life of the typewriter but it does also mean that the platen can struggle gripping the paper properly – something I came across during the test typing.

You can remove it from the base and use it for display purposes. As this is a working machine, you can also use it for typing notes, poems, letters and so on.

The antique Blick Universal typewriter is based in London, UK.

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