As requested, some "before" pictures detailing the many reasons why I think a typewriter makeover is due for this machine:
The clamshell-style case has brown streaks of... brownness on it. Keeping the hand sanitizer close by at all times.
All the feet are completely shot. These have to come off for me to get access to the insides anyway.
The ribbon cover has some small dents in it: not from transit, though, as UPS packed this machine expertly.
A fine layer of eraser dust covers all surfaces. Can you say "dip & dunk candidate?" I knew you could.
We've struck rust! At least a tiny bit of it, where the lever has banged against the sides or someone's finger has worn away the paint.
The whole machine has pockets of crud about it, including a grimy layer creeping up the fronts of all the keys. I suspect a past life as a smoker's writing machine, as these look nicotine-ish to me. The inner layer of sound insulation will be sure to go, too.
Oh sure, it's cute, but I think we can do better than cute, don't you?