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Other US manufacturers include Fine Line Ribbon in Ennis, TX, Ribbons Unlimited in Owings Mills, MD, and in Santa Fe Springs, CA.
Tony Casillo of TTS Business Products in Garden City, NY, carries many varieties of ribbon and can advise you on the correct spool, ribbon material, etc. Earl De Barth, of telephone number 215-855-6851, am to pm ET, e-mail [email protected], has the material for the 25 mm and wider ribbons.
Prices vary according to length, number of ribbons purchased, etc.
Other sources include Royal, Scantracker, and FJA Products.
Baco Ribbons makes ribbons in many sizes, colors, and materials.
But sometimes an expert's personal help is certainly needed.
Typewriter ribbons are still being made and are not too hard to find.
Almost all manual typewriters use half-inch-wide ribbons, and most typewriters can use dual-color ribbons (such as red and black), so look for one of those -- they look nice and can be useful.
(Look for the serial number on the right top of the frame, under the right end of the carriage.) If it is an office-sized typewriter with an enclosed frame (covered in sheet metal), it's after 1930.
Underwood portables with three rows of keys date from 1919-29.
I cannot give you any expert advice, but I have a list of repair shops around the world that will work on manual typewriters.