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The Typewriter Database 197X Smith Corona Classic 12 (10 key Greek) Serial # 6MLE 100176H From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Petersen: 197X Smith Corona Classic 12 (10 key Greek) Serial # 6MLE 100176H I was lucky to be the second bidder on this one on eBay and won it for about $66. No one knows what these machines were used for including the owner of Smith Corona who also has one. Alan Seaver has some limited information about it on his page machinesoflovinggrace.com.
The margins are fixed, there is no tab or bell. There is a functional backspace and ribbon selector though. Some of the typeslugs have shifted characters but there is no shift. A truly mysterious machine!

One of the more convincing theories I have heard is for making labels for filing. The Davis brothers said they have heard of similar machines for adding symbols to documents, though that seems like a lot of work to me (and Smith Coronas had the changeable type) and why the fixed margins? And why not just buy a Greek typewriter rather than custom ordering these? If someone knows what these are for let me know!

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Petersen:
197X Smith Corona Classic 12 (10 key Greek)

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197X Smith Corona Classic 12 (10 key Greek)
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6MLE 100176H

Status: My Collection
Created: 10-21-2013 at 10:25PM
Last Edit: 04-07-2017 at 01:14PM

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I was lucky to be the second bidder on this one on eBay and won it for about $66. No one knows what these machines were used for including the owner of Smith Corona who also has one. Alan Seaver has some limited information about it on his page machinesoflovinggrace.com.
The margins are fixed, there is no tab or bell. There is a functional backspace and ribbon selector though. Some of the typeslugs have shifted characters but there is no shift. A truly mysterious machine!

One of the more convincing theories I have heard is for making labels for filing. The Davis brothers said they have heard of similar machines for adding symbols to documents, though that seems like a lot of work to me (and Smith Coronas had the changeable type) and why the fixed margins? And why not just buy a Greek typewriter rather than custom ordering these? If someone knows what these are for let me know!


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Mark Petersen
Username: totallyyourtype

I am an aspiring novelist and avid typewriter enthusiast from the New River Valley in Virginia. I am a proud Virginia Tech graduate with an education in creative writing. I use typewriters for all my writing and am working on a novel. I also do street poetry. I often can be found writing on one of my machines in downtown Blacksburg and enjoying a drink.
You can email me at totallyyourtype@gmail.com
You can mail me at Mark Petersen / PO Box 6683 / Christiansburg, VA 24068-6683


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