Using a "Universal" ribbon
already on spools
and adapting it for use
on a 60s Remington portableA reader in Toronto, Canada, wrote asking for advice as "a kind of 'newbie' typewriter collector". "I recently acquired a red [Remington] Riviera and am happy to have it. It seems to be in fine working condition except that, like a lot of older typewriters, it needs a new ribbon. I want to replace the ribbon (I have a new ribbon on hand) but I'm STUMPED about how to remove the cover. I don't want to force anything and end up breaking the lid. Since it looks like you might be familiar with this machine, could you give me some pointers on how the lid comes off? Would much appreciate any help you could offer on this."
This gentleman is by no means the first to ask about this, and about ribbon changing. The latter job I find difficult to explain in words. It can be a quite baffling task on one of these Remington portables, especially when using a "Universal" ribbon already on plastic spools. So I have made this demonstration video. I hope it serves its purpose:
The model show here is best known as the Ten Forty, or Envoy III. The ribbon spool cover on the Envoy II range, which includes the Riviera, comes off the same way, with a finger from each hand under the lip closest to the carriage, then a gentle flip up.