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1931 Corona 4 #R1B02705


I first saw this machine probably last month on Craigslist but I was never able to find the time to go look at it. Finally found the time to pick it up and I am intrigued by it. It is in very nice condition and has most of its original equipment, including the manual, typing chart, brush, oiler, and even the tag telling the owner how to take care of the finish. It is only missing the warranty card.

It works quite well and is nice to type on. Perhaps a bit nicer than a standard from Smith.

Another interesting thing about this machine is the advanceless accent keys on the right side of the keyboard and the 'ñ' above the '/' and the 'ç' above the period. The type slug for the 'ñ' and slash key looks to have been modified to have it!

Quite an interesting machine.

Update: once I started to use this machine, I noticed the print quality was inconsistent. When I looked at the platen, the surface had depressions where the feed rollers have pressed into the platen and then the platen hardened! This machine must not have been used in some time, but the last time must have been when the platen was still pliable. This machine is going to get a new platen... but first I have to figure out how to remove it!

Typeface Specimen:


Finish care tag, possible non original brush, oiler, original brush, eraser/brush combo, manual, and dust cloth.

'ñ' key.

Hunter: Gerald Ambrose (Oliver9)

Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 651

I started collecting typewriters several years ago and it started with a late 1960s Smith-Corona Sterling portable that I got as a gift.

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