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The Typewriter Database 198x IBM 85 Serial # 7112090 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Ted Munk: 198x IBM 85 Serial # 7112090 I had never seen one of these before, an odd, short-lived hybrid that was manufactured between the Selectric III and the Wheelwriter. It uses Selectric III 96-character ball elements, but has a strange incompatible ribbon, and an electronically-controlled ball carrier and keyboard similar to a Wheelwriter, however the back half is all-mechanical like a Selectric. The thing is larger than, and weighs even *more* than a Selectric III somehow. I don't think very many were made, as they had to have been hella expensive. Sighted at MTE, where Bill says he doesn't even know how to get it apart, let alone fix it.

It can do 10/12 pitch plus Proportional Spacing (with Selectric III elements?)

From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Ted Munk:
198x IBM 85

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198x IBM 85
Serial #
7112090

Status: Sightings
Created: 09-11-2014 at 03:59PM
Last Edit: 09-11-2014 at 04:01PM

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I had never seen one of these before, an odd, short-lived hybrid that was manufactured between the Selectric III and the Wheelwriter. It uses Selectric III 96-character ball elements, but has a strange incompatible ribbon, and an electronically-controlled ball carrier and keyboard similar to a Wheelwriter, however the back half is all-mechanical like a Selectric. The thing is larger than, and weighs even *more* than a Selectric III somehow. I don't think very many were made, as they had to have been hella expensive. Sighted at MTE, where Bill says he doesn't even know how to get it apart, let alone fix it.

It can do 10/12 pitch plus Proportional Spacing (with Selectric III elements?)


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Ted Munk
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I am a scoundrel without a cause, and my swank outshines the sun.

I am a casual Typewriter Hunter residing in the sweltering deserts of Arizona with a wife, three cats and about 40 typewriters. My main hunting ground is thrift stores, and I rarely pay more than $10 for a machine.


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