1937 Corona Standard – Sometimes The Best Fix Is A Good Cleaning

Weapon of Choice: “Jack Davenport”, 1937 Corona Standard “Squareline”.

Well, here’s the master escapement trip adjustment, anyway.

Well, at least I understand what’s *supposed* to be happening. I do really like being able to read through a process before poking at it. Maybe for this Squareline it’ll just be “Everything fixed through the magic of lighter fluid”.

“Jack Davenport Typewriter Co., Bakersfield – Phone 25-5-25”.

Updated: January 4, 2020 — 8:19 pm


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  1. The hazards of WD-40. It’s like gremlins…will get into everything.

  2. An excellent and happy New Year to you. Looking forward to posts a plenty in twenty-twenty. ;)

  3. I have learned, after I’m “done” cleaning a typewriter, to let everything sit for a day or two. Often, gumminess returns and I understand that I have to flush it out yet again.

  4. I also have a Jack Davenport typewriter (Corona). I’m confused about the Jack Davenport label: does it mean he himself manufactured it, or was he just a distributor? I believe his shop was active 1944 – 1952, so in your opinion would that mean my Corona is aged somewhere between those years? Mine looks a lot like yours above, but with some extra print at the bottom. And mine has 2 Jack Davenport labels, in different places. Hope you might be able to answer my question!

    1. He was just a dealer, but that’s neat that you have one too. Check the serial number against the TWDB to find the correct manufacture year: https://typewriterdatabase.com/smithcorona.142.typewriter-serial-number-database#float

  5. Hello, I recently uploaded a gallery of a 1938 standard.(# 2C181229) I was hoping someone might know why it appears to have a ribbon cover from a 1938 Corona Sterling(No Strips). I recently found a duplicate machine(2C195486),also from 38. Any Ideas?



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