Long before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, I began hoarding electronic typewriter ribbons. From disorder, I’ve now put them into some kind of order …

Most plentiful of all are the Brother AX-series ribbons, including compatible Panasonic branded (Brother) ribbons.

I even have an unopened box of 10 …

LIke Brother AX-series ribbons, Nakajima AX- series ribbons are also relatively easy to find. In fact I believe they’re still being made for Nakajima electronic typewriters (and Nakajima electronic typewriters masquerading as Olympia electronic typewriters).

Nakajima AE-series ribbons are less easy to find…

These come in two varieties: the “peaked” ribbon cassette pictured above, and the “goal-posted” one pictured below, which are hideously difficult to thread …

While Brother AX-series ribbon cassettes are still plentiful, the cassettes they used in their 7200, 7300, 7500, 7900 golfball electric typewriters are almost impossible to find. I have three …

Ribbon cassettes for Silver Reed EX- and EZ- series ETs are also thin on the ground, but I was lucky enough to obtain a stash of them when I bought an EZ-20.

You know you’re a hoarder when you start buying ribbon cassettes, not just for typewriters you have yet to own – for example, this hard-to-find ribbon for a hard-to-find Towa Executive 77 …

… but also buy ribbons for typewriters you have no intention of ever owning – for example, this mammoth sized Xerox Piano-series ribbon for one of three mammoth Rank Xerox office typewriters (manufactured in France in the 1980s) …

Ribbons: Once they were correctable. Now they’re collectible. Well some of ’em anyway.