I have developed a mild obsession with vintage Swedish typewriters, but information about them is pretty thin on the (digital) ground, especially in comparison with better-known and better-selling makes, and especially in English. This page is an attempt to create a comprehensive index of any and all manuals, blog posts, videos and other materials available online about Haldas, Facits and related/rebranded typewriters (e.g. Addo, Comda) made after 1950 or so.

Contact me if you have a link that should be added to this page.

  1. General
  2. Portable Typewriters
  3. Standard Typewriters
    • Halda Model 6
  4. Electric Typewriters
  5. Electronic Typewriters
    • Facit 7800
    • Facit T110

General

General resources: Facit Typewriter Serial Numbers (TWDB); 1964 NOMDA Blue Book: Facit Font Styles (Ted Munk, 23 Apr 2011); Facit/Halda Platen Removal (dingasty.org, 8 Jun 2019).

Company history: The Facit Man (Chris Sandström, 8 Jun 2009); Facit and the Displacement of Manual Calculators (Chris Sandström, 11 Apr 2013); The Facit Model: Globalism, Localism, Identity by Paul Gangloff et al. (17 Sep 2019).

How to deal with a frozen Facit: Mystery Solved! The Frozen Facit (Starring Facit 1620) (x over it, 4 Jun 2013); Fun with a Frozen Facit—and a Rattly Space Bar (Tony’s Vision, 15 Nov 2013); Facit—Carriage Removal, and Revival of a Seized Escapement Bearing (dingasty.org, 2 Dec 2018).


Portable Typewriters

Halda P (1951-1958)

User manuals: Manual for Halda Portable Owners (The Classic Typewriter Page). Blog posts: I Adopt a Scandinavian (Richard Polt, 3 Feb 2011); 1952 Halda Portable Typewriter (Robert Messenger, 23 Nov 2021). Videos: How Is the 1957 Halda Portable Typewriter? Type and Talk (HotRod Typewriter Co, 10 Nov 2021); Halda vs Facit Typewriters: A Brother from Another Mother (HotRod Typewriter Co, 16 Nov 2021). [TWDB]

Facit TP1 (1958-1964)

My 1960 Facit TP1

User manuals: User Manual (The Classic Typewriter Page). Blog posts: Facit TP1 Portable—The Prince of Typewriters (Robert Messenger, 30 Oct 2011); Facit TP1 Techno Pica (Fountain Pens & Typewriters, 14 Feb 2012); Facit’s Facets: The Facit TP1 Typewriter (Richard Polt, 21 Apr 2012); For Love of Inga, the Facit (Type-Writer.org, 12 Sep 2013); Facit—Carriage Removal, and Revival of a Seized Escapement Bearing (dingasty.org, 2 Dec 2018); Facit-nation (Donald Nathan, 13 May 2021). Videos: Typewriter Review: 1963 Facit TP1 (Typewriter Minutes, 26 Aug 2017); 1963 Facit TP1 Portable (Alton Gansky, 30 Oct 2017); Facit Privat (TP1) Typewriter Carriage Lock and Release (Nis Kildegaard, 13 Aug 2021); Facit Typewriter TP1 Ribbon Spindle Modification from DIN 2103 to Standard Style Spools (Phoenix Typewriter, 26 Aug 2021); Halda vs Facit Typewriters: A Brother from Another Mother (HotRod Typewriter Co, 16 Nov 2021). [TWDB]

Facit TP2 (1964-1969)

My 1965 Facit TP2

Brochures, user manuals and repair manuals: Brochure (The Classic Typewriter Page); User Manual (The Classic Typewriter Page); Facit 1620, 621 & TP2 Portable Typewriter Repair Adjustment Service Manual (TWDB). Blog Posts: No Way, It’s a Facit TP2 (x over it, 17 Jul 2011). Videos: Facit Manual Typewriter Repaired Ribbon Reverse and Drive, Sticky Parts (Phoenix Typewriter, 8 Feb 2021). [TWDB]

Facit 1620 / Addo 621 (1969-1977)

My 1969 Facit 1620

User and repair manuals: User Manual (The Classic Typewriter Page); Facit 1620, 621 & TP2 Portable Typewriter Repair Adjustment Service Manual (TWDB). Blog posts: The Facit 1620 Portable Typewriter (Robert Messenger, 13 Aug 2012); 1620 Facit … Cursive to Start the New Year (Type OH!, 7 Jan 2013); Facit Facts (Type OH!, 8 Jan 2013); Mystery Solved! The Frozen Facit (Starring Facit 1620) (x over it, 4 Jun 2013); Fun with a Frozen Facit—and a Rattly Space Bar (Tony’s Vision, 15 Nov 2013); Facit 1620 (Typewriter Review, 11 Apr 2015); Facit 1620 (Joe Van Cleave, 14 Nov 2016). Videos: Typewriter Video Series—Episode 42: Facit 1620 (Joe Van Cleave, 14 Nov 2016); Maschinenschreiben in näherer Betrachtung (Der tsm-6795, 30 Oct 2017); Facit 1620 Typewriter Escapement Repair (HotRod Typewriter Co, 14 Sep 2021). [TWDB]


Standard Typewriters

Halda Star (1953-1957)

Blog posts: Halda Star Typewriter (Richard Polt, 13 Nov 2017). [TWDB]

Facit T1 (1958-1960)

Videos: Facit T1 (T2) Desktop Typewriter (SchyllerWade, 2 May 2019). [TWDB]

Facit T2 (1960-1972)

My 1967 Facit T2

User manuals: User Manual (The Classic Typewriter Page). Blog posts: Facit T2 Standard Typewriter (Robert Messenger, 21 May 2014); Fascinating Facit (Dactylographe, 19 Apr 2020). Videos: Releasing the carriage of a Facit T2 typewriter (Nis Kildegaard, 23 Dec 2021). [TWDB]

Facit 1730 / Addo 732 (1972-1977)

[TWDB]

Facit 1740 (1978-1980s)

Blog posts: Dan Johnson on his 1984 Facit 1740 (TWDB, 18 Jun 2014); 2018 Starts with a NOS Facit 1740 (Type OH!, 12 Jan 2018). [TWDB]


Electric Typewriters

At this point the only online material about the Facit ET3 and 1820 electric typewriters I’ve been able to find comes from the Der tsm-6795 YouTube channel. The channel’s videos are in either German or Russian.

Facit ET3 (1960-1967)

Videos: Facit ET3: erste Ergebnisse bei der Arbeit (Der tsm-6795, 20 Feb 2018); Facit ET3 Typewriter Schreibmaschine (Der tsm-6795, 22 Feb 2018); Typewriter Facit ET3 Schreibmaschine (Der tsm-6795, 21 Mar 2020); Backspace mechanism FACIT ET3 typewriter Schreibmaschine (Der tsm-6795, 21 Mar 2020); Facit ET3 Typewriter Schreibmaschine (Der tsm-6795, 1 Apr 2020); Facit ET3—Part 2 (Der tsm-6795, 1 Apr 2020). [TWDB]

Facit 1820 / Addo 822 (1969-1977)

Videos: Facit 1820 Schreibmaschine typewriter пишущая машина (Der tsm-6795, 24 Nov 2017); Пишущая машина ФАЦИТ 1820 : объяснение самой машины (Der tsm-6795, 25 Nov 2017); Пишущая машина ФАЦИТ 1620 : о механике Часть 1 (Der tsm-6795, 25 Nov 2017); Пишущая машина ФАЦИТ 1820 : о механике. Часть 2. Низ. (Der tsm-6795, 25 Nov 2017); Facit 1820 Schreibmaschine—DEU typewriter (Der tsm-6795, 24 Mar 2020); Facit 1820 Schreibmaschine Teil 2—DEU (Der tsm-6795, 24 Mar 2020); Пишущая машина ФАЦИТ 1820—РУС (Der tsm-6705, 24 Mar 2020); Пишущая машина ФАЦИТ 1820—Часть 2—РУС (Der tsm-6795, 24 Mar 2020); Facit 1820 typewriter Schreibmaschine (Der tsm-6795, 4 Apr 2020). [TWDB]

Facit 1850 (1976-1978)

Blog posts: Life of a Typewriter Technician (Installment 7—Training on the Facit 1850) (Robert Messenger, 25 Nov 2021).