This early post-war SM2 has tombstone keys, an upturned line space lever, and a large chrome logo on the right paper table. Its case is black and boxy, but the typer - though also a beautiful coal black - is curvaceous and gorgeous. A keeper!
Cool blue painted wooden brush in a stretchy holder at top. Key tops are black except shift, shift-lock, margin release, and backspace, all of which are deep moss green.
Status: Typewriter Hunter
From Toronto Canada. Tokyo-based entrepreneur since 1998 and meditation teacher since 2000. Learned to type in Grade 9 following mind-altering lunches and still experience flashbacks while typing. Mother did shorthand and typed 90 wpm as stenographer, dad pecked out haiku on his old typewriter as long as I remember. Moved to thermal printing, 8-character display CanoWord Pen 24 in 1986 when my typewriter broke, then to FujiXerox, Mac and iPhone. Bought my first typewriter of the new millennium (a Lettera 32) in March 2015. Muscle memory has graduated to neural reboot--every moment at the typewriter brings back fresh memories of type-happy childhood and visions of literary grandeur. Use typewriter for inspiration/rough drafts and computer/iPhone (Scrivener/Evernote) for polishing.
Never expected an SM2 to come in a case like this. Love it!
Logo at left still resembles the Optima logo on my Elite 3.
Major differences from my '58 SM2 at right are the slightly less colorful paper support, the upturned line space lever, the logo on the paper table instead of ribbon cover, and the tombstone keys that were inverted in later SM2s and up. Love this typer!!
Professionally printed, coil bound workshop repair manuals.