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The Typewriter Database 196x Commodore Personal Serial # ZP-172680 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 196x Commodore Personal Serial # ZP-172680 I bought this Commodore for CAN$20 at a local market, without a case. It's a mysterious machine, to me, anyway. I can't figure out how to free the carriage or delete margin settings, so the carriage returns only to centre and I need to press the margin release to move it along. I was unable to find a model name on it, but based on one of Uwe's postings, I believe this is a Personal that dates to some point in the 1960s. This is a basic typewriter that reminds me of the period's Smith-Coronas (the green keyset) and the Olivetti Studio 44 (the corrugated panel above the keyset). This machine features green keys but a black space bar. Perhaps this was standard, or maybe it was replaced. I also could not find the country of manufacture anywhere on the exterior or interior, but assume it was manufactured, or at least assembled, in Toronto. It could be that this information appears on the case, which is missing. I know these typewriters have a following, but count me out!

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
196x Commodore Personal

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196x Commodore Personal
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ZP-172680

Status: My Collection
Created: 09-03-2016 at 06:09AM
Last Edit: 09-03-2016 at 06:10AM

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I bought this Commodore for CAN$20 at a local market, without a case. It's a mysterious machine, to me, anyway. I can't figure out how to free the carriage or delete margin settings, so the carriage returns only to centre and I need to press the margin release to move it along. I was unable to find a model name on it, but based on one of Uwe's postings, I believe this is a Personal that dates to some point in the 1960s. This is a basic typewriter that reminds me of the period's Smith-Coronas (the green keyset) and the Olivetti Studio 44 (the corrugated panel above the keyset). This machine features green keys but a black space bar. Perhaps this was standard, or maybe it was replaced. I also could not find the country of manufacture anywhere on the exterior or interior, but assume it was manufactured, or at least assembled, in Toronto. It could be that this information appears on the case, which is missing. I know these typewriters have a following, but count me out!


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James Gifford
Username: giffer

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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