This LC Smith & Corona model 8 typewriter was built in 1930. I picked it up at a flea market and spent several weeks repairing and rebuilding it. One of the things that intrigued me about this old typewriter was that it came with "decimal tabulation" keys (see photo 3). These keys were designed to let the typist set tabs for a column of numbers, so they didn't have to use the space bar to align each number typed into the column. It was sort of a novel feature, but apparently never became very popular, because they discontinued this feature after only a few years.
During the process of restoring this old typewriter, I found that the tab stops that worked with these keys were missing.
Well, no problem, or so I thought.
I checked ebay -- nothing. I checked google -- nothing. I checked a couple of vintage typewriter forums, and found that everyone who has attempted to rebuild one of these pretty much ran into the same problem. The tab stops seemed to always be missing, and no one had a source for them.
So, I decided to make my own.