Hi! Welcome to the American Writers Museum, this is Typewriters 101. First you sit down… …how do you put in paper? If you have letterhead, like this, you have to put it in upside down and backwards because it comes around this black cylinder here which is called a
platen, it’s like a long tube. So you put it against the silver edge that’s the
back of the platen to help keep it straight…perpendicular to that edge and then you roll it with the knobs on the outside then drop the
bar over. Use the return bar go to the beginning of the line you’re ready
to start the Great American Novel.