The first time I laid eyes upon an Emerson was a photo in 'Antique Typewriters and Office Collectibles : Identification and Value Guide' by Darryl Rehr. I was stunned by its beauty, its design, the gleaming black paint and gold pinstripes. I still am, many years later. To me it looks for all the world like a church: On a platform above the keys (the congregation?), the ribbon spools seem to be resting atop pulpits. These are actually covers for horizontally stacked type bars which strike to the platen from the side. I have read that slugs are not infrequently broken. Happily, this one of mine is perfect - at least to me. But I must upload more photos to do it justice. And I will.