Universal Typewriter Replacement Ribbon - Black or Black and Red Typewriter Ribbon - 1/2" Ribbon - Fits Almost All Vintage Typewriters

Universal Typewriter Replacement Ribbon - Black or Black and Red Typewriter Ribbon - 1/2" Ribbon - Fits Almost All Vintage Typewriters



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This is a 1/2 inch replacement nylon typewriter ribbon for most vintage manual typewriters. It is sealed in a plastic sleeve and comes in a cardboard box.

This typewriter ribbon comes in black or black and red ink on 2" plastic spools. The ribbon has two automatic reversing grommets that allow the ribbon to reverse direction once it reaches the end in machines with this feature. (Not all typewriters have this ability, but most do.)

This replacement typewriter ribbon is suitable for almost all Smith-Coronas, Brother, Olympia, Remington, Underwood, Olympia, Royal, and other vintage typewriters that use a 1/2" ribbon.

If you're not sure whether your machine can use this ribbon, please contact me.

Even if you have a typewriter that will not accept these spools, the ribbon itself can be used in any machine that accepts 1/2" ribbon. If the spools do not fit you can use appropriately sized spools (the ones already on you machine) and wind the ribbon onto those. This is not a complicated process, but can be confusing, so please contact me if you need help with it.

If you are not sure if this ribbon will fit your typewriter, please contact me with any questions.

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279 reviews 5 out of 5 stars


Cynthia Weaver Jul 23, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Mark was extremely helpful...making sure the ribbon I ordered would work for my vintage typewriter! I am so happy I found his shop!

Josilyn Pablo Jan 19, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Love it. Came in the Nick of time and definitely will save my butt on my typing.

Steven Sep 25, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I can’t say enough about my extremely positive experience with buying from Mahogany Rhino. I started buying typewriter ribbons from their store once I discovered theirs included the critical eyelets that trigger the ribbon auto-reverse in many machines. And the ribbon quality is excellent too. Well done!

Ramona Martinez Jan 25, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Mark was very kind and accommodating. Quick shipping! Will definitely be ordering my ribbons from him from now on <3