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The Typewriter Database 1956 IBM Model B Serial # 455594 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Jer Wal: 1956 IBM Model B Serial # 455594 I bought two IBM electric typers from the Re-Store for $30 for both. After doing a swap back for the "C" model I ended up with two "B" models, one with pica font and this one with elite font. And, with a little drop of oil on the ribbon advance cam, this one is working great!
This is a "standard" model which takes a fabric ribbon on a high-capacity toothed spool.
The "B" model can be identified by the individual letters I-B-M mounted on the front face and the back. The "A" model had a rectangular nameplate for the IBM logo.
You can love or hate the 1950's art deco look of these, but they are built like tanks. Seriously, these were built for daily use and they make most other home electric typers feel like toys by comparison. You have to prepare yourself for the carriage return the first time you sit down and use it. There's a lot of metal moving very fast and stopping suddenly on this machine. You need a sturdy table. A flimsy little typing stand won't do for one of these.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Jer Wal:
1956 IBM Model B

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1956 IBM Model B
Serial #
455594

Status: My Collection
Created: 02-25-2015 at 11:46AM
Last Edit: 02-25-2015 at 11:59AM

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I bought two IBM electric typers from the Re-Store for $30 for both. After doing a swap back for the "C" model I ended up with two "B" models, one with pica font and this one with elite font. And, with a little drop of oil on the ribbon advance cam, this one is working great!
This is a "standard" model which takes a fabric ribbon on a high-capacity toothed spool.
The "B" model can be identified by the individual letters I-B-M mounted on the front face and the back. The "A" model had a rectangular nameplate for the IBM logo.
You can love or hate the 1950's art deco look of these, but they are built like tanks. Seriously, these were built for daily use and they make most other home electric typers feel like toys by comparison. You have to prepare yourself for the carriage return the first time you sit down and use it. There's a lot of metal moving very fast and stopping suddenly on this machine. You need a sturdy table. A flimsy little typing stand won't do for one of these.

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1956 IBM Model B Photo Gallery

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