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I have a circa 1940s royal typewriter. Bought it from a professional online who claimed it worked, everything looks good but the carriage and ribbon will not move. Tried messing with the margin buttons but still wont move. Help please!!!

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Sometimes they had a carriage lock for transporting it. Check for a little lift up lever thingy at the base of the carriage on the bar that goes across from one side to the other. Or just check around for any little levers that hold the carriage in place.
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I can't be for sure if these are auto set margins, but it sounds like they might be. If they are, first move the carriage as far to the right as you can. Hold the Left Margin Set (not Margin Release) lever as you move the carriage all the way to the left. Release the Margin Set Button or Lever. Now hold the Right Margin Set Button or Lever (not the Margin Release), and move the carriage all the way to the right while holding the Margin Set. Once the carriage is all the way to the right, release the Margin Set. Move the carriage to the place you want to set your left margin. Hit the Left Margin Set and then release. Move the carriage to where you want to set the right margin. Hit the Right Margin Set and release it. It gets confusing, but Margin Release does not set margins. Its sole purpose is only to bypass the margins. Hope this helps.

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