Apricot and Pastel Green Style


Hello everybody, how are you today? Good I hope.

I’ve been busy working on a new design for my latest typewriter! I decided to go a bit 2 tone pattern vibe for this one. I just can’t seem to get away from pastels, every time I try, the colours somehow become pastel again…

Anyway – this is Avril. That’s her name. She is an apricot and pastel green Royalite with white detailing. The Royalite is officially my favourite model of typewriter. It’s so ergonomic, there is something so satisfying about hitting the keys on this typewriter. The keys don’t clunk, they feel very tight and quite soft, there’s no loud rattling of the metal, the padding on the back of the type basket really helps produce this soft satisfying feel when you type, as well as some kind of mysterious magic that clearly happens inside the mechanisms.

The carriage return lever is longer than average, and so shiny and curvy! You can reach it with ease when you’re typing a super urgent article for the telegraph or something. But you’d probably be best off with some technology for that really.

So as much as I want to keep this for myself, it is going up in the shop this week.

Have you been up to anything creative recently? I’d love to hear about it even if it’s not pastel coloured…


Me and My New Baby… Hermes Baby

It feels like I’ve been working on this powder pink Hermes Baby typewriter for ever! But it is finally finished, and will be shipped off to Belguim this week! I decided to make the badge the same green as the keys, rather than the original steel, just as an extra touch. Here’s a picture of me posing. I think I look a bit smug, but I’ve just got the sun in my eyes… believe!
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Typewriter Repair and Restoration – a Simple Guide

Hello typewriter users, over the last few weeks I’ve had lot of people getting in touch about various problems with their typewriters, so I thought I’d post this helpful little Readers Digest guide to some fixing some common problems. If you do have any more complex issues don’t hesitate to get in touch, I’d be happy to help.

Visit my website at www.clairelasecretaire.com to get in touch, also for typewriter manuals, more info, or to buy a lovely machine.

This was written for portable typewriters, the one in the pictures looks like a 1960s model so if you are working with an older one, ie one with glass keys then do not take the body off unless you can see that it is not attached to any of the actual mechanics inside and it is just a shell (ie Corona 4, do not take the body off!).

Typewriter dismantling how to

How to take apart your typewriter

Typewriter Cleaning and oiling

Cleaning and Oiling your Typewriter


I’ve also got some typewriter manuals of various models that are available for download, available on my website here.

Thanks for looking!