|or something similar, whatever was out in the mid-80s|
You need to know exactly what it is. Either RS232 serial or Centronics Parallel, both which were common in the 1980s. The RS232 is 24 pins. Centronics parallel was 36 pins with an edge connector on the printer.
A Generic, Text Only driver that is available in Windows XP should be all the drivers you need.
Even if you do get it to work I think you are going to have problems getting ribbons for it although you might try here.