Halberg junior

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I already wrote this in my Christmas blog post, but I want to put it here again to complete the story.

One of the members of my hackerspace was walking in a thrift store and spotted a little typewriter in it’s case. He opened it and pressed the keys, they weren’t stuck. He moved the carriage, which slided perfectly both ways. He looked at the price tag of 5 Euro’s and probably thought that is was okay to take the risk that I wouldn’t like it.

When he was walking towards me with the case I thought for a small moment that it would be a Rooy or maybe a Kolibri. But it was a bit too thick to actually be any of those typewriters. The case however does have the same vibe. When I opened it, I was very surprised to find a Halberg junior! Even more when I saw the price tag! I couldn’t help laughing about the poor people who sold this machine so cheap. If only they had known something like a search engine existed… This would probably be a very different story.

Halberg Junior typewriter

Today I’m home again, so I can finally start to play with the Halberg. These are some before pictures. As you can see it’s rather clean for something that was found in a barn thrift store. The keys are also very clean. Maybe it just wasn’t used that much?

Halberg Junior typewriter

Halberg Junior typewriter

Halberg Junior typewriter

Halberg Junior typewriter

Halberg Junior typewriter
No decal “Halberg machinefabriek NV, Made in Cuijk/Weert Holland”.

Halberg Junior typewriter

Halberg Junior typewriter

Halberg Junior typewriter
The dusty ribbon did came with metal spools though! Hooray!

Now, since two great reporters already wrote about the Halberg and history of Halberg Machinefabriek, I am not going to copy their words. You can read the stories yourself at:
* Machines of Loving Grace
* Sommersegger’s collection database

This English ad (linked by Sommersegger) tells you everything you want to know. It has a lot of options and thanks to it’s metal body and case it’s very sturdy too. But, it’s not heavy!

Halberg junior

After the cleaning, which took me about an hour, I learned a few things: the platen doesn’t roll when you spin either one of the knobs but it does when you use the lever, the four spots on the cover aren’t dirt but missing paint, the ribbon vibrator is a bit wobbly there’s also some green “stuff” on it and I can’t find the serial number anywhere. I’m thinking that the serial number might be stamped underneath, but to check this I would have to remove the bottom plate. I’m not sure I want to do this yet. The not moving of the platen is a bit of a problem though. I don’t know how to fix this. I already checked if there might be a tiny screw missing, but I cannot find the empty spot. The wobbly ribbon vibrator also is a problem. It shifts to the left when you type and gets stuck. Just like the platen, I don’t know how to fix this (yet?).

I’m a bit sad posting a type sample isn’t possible now, so I leave you with the cleaned Halberg:
Halberg Junior typewriter

7 thoughts on “Halberg junior

  1. Frank

    Hoi! Het serienummer kun je vinden op het balkje waar de type-armen op rusten. Onder de type-armen dus! Een beetje links van het midden. Zonder bureaulamp zie je het bijna niet. Ben benieuwd naar je nummer; zelf heb ik SN 13872 (uit 1953 dus).

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  2. Klemens

    Dear spider, I have a Halberg junior at home (in Germany) as well, in excellent condition. I am considering selling it. What would be more or less a fair price in your opinion? Thank you very much! Best regards, Klemens

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  3. Jorge lopez

    Hello my name is jorge from guatemala I also have one too they are very tiny and is missing some parts my dad is un expert fixing this things but honestly he did not know what he had sitting there all this time so for me its a treasure

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