Thursday, 26 December 2013

A theory (1)

I have two typewriters that have suffered some oxidation, including my grandfathers Olympia Elite. And what I have noticed is that the oxidation in both cases has taken place on the sides, mostly close to the keyboard, but mostly overall.

This is my theory:
Do you think it could be possible that all those hands that have gone over these machines have caused the oxidation. I mean, your hands are always damp. Damp and paint...get my point.

Let me know.


  1. I'm an old woodworking hand tool guy as well as a typewriter nut - my theory is that the oils on your hands help to prevent oxidation but with heavy sweating, all bets are off. That's my experience with old, mostly iron and steel woodworking tools. Only a small piece of empirical point of view, I could be wrong about the whole thing. Thanks for being part of the typosphere. Ed

    1. That's what I figured. Thanks for letting me know