Of course, I meant to say "driving me crazy", not "crazy me crazy", though "crazy me crazy" I am over this machine.
Once again, my apologies for the typing. I had to keep using the original ribbon because of its peculiar width. And the right ribbon spool nut kept self-tightening.
Anyway, to me this Blick Universal is significantly lighter and more compact than the Adler-Wellington-Empire thrust-action machines. I have no doubt its design origins lie with Wellington Parker Kidder, but the British Blick company has undoubtedly, in my humble opinion, modified and improved the design. For more on the Universal, see Will's page at http://machinesoflovinggrace.com/ptf/Blick90.html
POSTSCRIPT: The Blick Universal continues to cause much confusion. I can't provide a definitive answer, as there is nothing on my Universal which indicates where it was made. Since it was marketed in immediate post-World War I Britain, that may be understandable. There does seems to be a majority opinion that the Universal was made by Adler. I largely go by what I have read, especially from Will Davis, who had an entry on the Universal in ETCetera in December 2001. Before Rob Bowker commented on this post, I had meant to add to it that if you do a Google search for the Blick Universal, you will find conversations on an online forum (from 2005 in particular) about its origins, which involved, among many others, Rob, and Bruce Beard himself. Even leading authorities such as Paul Robert and the late Les Owen had asked questions about it. Will Davis seemed to provide most of the answers. On Will's and the late Tilman Elster's European Typewriter Project pages, Tilman's Adler collection includes no typewriter which approximates to the smaller, flatter, lighter Universal. For the time being, at least, I continue to conclude that the Universal is a one-off, distinct to the Cheapside, London, branch of Blick, albeit most likely made in Germany. There is no doubt that at its roots it is a Wellington.
POST-POSTSCRIPT: I have since re-read Will's very well-researched, well-written piece in the December 2001 ETCetera. Very interesting. He is in no doubt the Universal is an Adler clone, most likely made in Germany. Nonetheless, I cannot find anywhere - on the net, in Beeching or any other publication - an exact Adler model match for the Universal. Could it be, then, that Adler used a on-off design just for the British Blick Co? There are, by the way, references to other German-made Universals, but not thrust-action machines, and not made by Adler.