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From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mark Petersen:
1981 IBM Correcting Selectric III

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1981 IBM Correcting Selectric III
Serial #
27 6705 93 5222477

Status: My Collection
Created: 07-07-2014 at 09:33PM
Last Edit: 08-22-2015 at 11:24AM

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Purchased at a thrift shop for somewhat high $35 this machine is full of little mechanical quirks and strange noises, margin lights flickering, clatters and wheezes. It might be haunted. I haven't stripped the foam out and do not intend to, if a better Selectric III comes along this one is gone. It does work though, and I need it for all the cool typeballs I have for it!
Motor sticker dates it to December 1981, maintenance paperwork says it was installed July 7, 1982... it actually had a birthday today of all days!

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Mark Petersen
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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.
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You can mail me at Mark Petersen / PO Box 6683 / Christiansburg, VA 24068-6683

1981 IBM Correcting Selectric III Photo Gallery

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