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The Typewriter Database 196X Eaton's (Smith-Corona) Viking Custom Serial # 5C-497101 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 196X Eaton's (Smith-Corona) Viking Custom Serial # 5C-497101 I picked up this little beauty for CAN$20 at a local market, mainly because of the Eaton's brand name. For the non-Canadians, Eaton's at one time was the top department and catalogue store in Canada, and the Eatons themselves were Canadian royalty. Once an iconic brand here for more than a century, Eaton's died an ignominious death in the late 1990s and had been swallowed up entirely by Sears by 2002. When I was a kid, going to Eaton's at Christmas to look at their display windows and toy section was the highlight of the year, and I used to circle the toys I wanted at Christmas in the catalogue. I like to think I would have circled the entry for this wee machine. If I read the database correctly, this typewriter is essentially a rebranded Smith-Corona Clipper, though I could be entirely wrong about that. It types well enough, though the keys on this one need a good cleaning, and it types loud and snappy. But I'm happy enough that it survived a half-century and now lives in my office in essentially the same condition as when it was first sold. And top marks for the bold Made in Canada stamp across the back.

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford:
196X Eaton's (Smith-Corona) Viking Custom

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196X Eaton's (Smith-Corona) Viking Custom
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5C-497101

Status: My Collection
Created: 09-03-2016 at 12:07PM
Last Edit: 09-03-2016 at 12:10PM

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I picked up this little beauty for CAN$20 at a local market, mainly because of the Eaton's brand name. For the non-Canadians, Eaton's at one time was the top department and catalogue store in Canada, and the Eatons themselves were Canadian royalty. Once an iconic brand here for more than a century, Eaton's died an ignominious death in the late 1990s and had been swallowed up entirely by Sears by 2002. When I was a kid, going to Eaton's at Christmas to look at their display windows and toy section was the highlight of the year, and I used to circle the toys I wanted at Christmas in the catalogue. I like to think I would have circled the entry for this wee machine. If I read the database correctly, this typewriter is essentially a rebranded Smith-Corona Clipper, though I could be entirely wrong about that. It types well enough, though the keys on this one need a good cleaning, and it types loud and snappy. But I'm happy enough that it survived a half-century and now lives in my office in essentially the same condition as when it was first sold. And top marks for the bold Made in Canada stamp across the back.


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James Gifford
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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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