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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Uwe Wachtendorf:
1958 Smith Corona Secretarial

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1958 Smith Corona Secretarial
Serial #
62E-5064293C19

Status: My Collection
Created: 08-23-2014 at 09:22AM
Last Edit: 05-12-2015 at 09:48AM

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Description:

I became more interested in mid-century Smith-Corona standards after trying to figure out how another model I owned fit into the bigger picture (http://typewriterdatabase.com/1952-smithcorona-secretarial.3031.typewriter), so I visited my local Smith-Corona Superstore yesterday and picked up another machine from the era.


There's certainly no substitute for owning several machines produced a few years apart to gain insight into the evolution of a design, and this Secretarial has helped me to better understand the Smith-Corona standards built during the '50s.


Interestingly, it was a 70+ year-old woman who had owned this machine, and an Olympia SG1 which I had also bought. As we were discussing typewriters in general, she placed a hand on the Olympia's ribbon cover, and unprompted, informed me that "this is a far better typewriter."


Having now used the Secretarial to type out a few pages I can say that it's a decent enough machine, but have to agree with its previous owner as to where it falls in comparison to the SG1.

UPDATE: Changed the model name to reflect how it appeared in Smith-Corona brochures and added an image of the machine from such a brochure.


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Uwe Wachtendorf
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Typewriter collector based in Toronto who prefers mid-century models.


1958 Smith Corona Secretarial Photo Gallery

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