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1946 Smith Corona Sterling #4A244116


A lovely little machine that I won, shockingly on eBay for CAN$12. It's in excellent condition, and looks as it was hardly ever used. I love the handwriting font on the Floating Shift key. I dated this machine to 1946, yet some manufacturers still made carriage shift machines into the 1970s. Perhaps a patent prevented them from making their machines with basket shift. This typewriter ranks highly for typability among my machines, right up there with my Underwood-Olivetti Studio 44 and Royal Swinger. And it's proudly Made in Canada, stencilled right on the front, too (which is probably why it was cheap!).

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Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)

Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 2206

I have suddenly become a typewriter collector. It started with one purchase and has ballooned to a collection of more than forty in less than a year. I'm learning fast but I'm still a novice compared to others in the typosphere, including here in Toronto, where I haunt thrift shops and antique markets, and even the occasional basement. I'm a former magazine writer and published author, and a professional book editor by trade, and I learned to type on manuals despite the proliferation of electrics, so I like to think I come by my sudden and rather manic passion honestly.

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