1940 Corona Zephyr DeLuxe #Y20055
Status: My Collection
Created: 10-01-2017 at 04:38PM
Last Edit: 10-03-2017 at 09:29AM
This Zephyr Deluxe was purchased on February 5, 1942 at the Office Supply Store in Carroll, Iowa by Mr. William Wiedemeyer.
Mr. Wiedemeyer, the owner of a plumbing, heating, and sheet metal business bought the typewriter for his secretary, Eva, (who later became his wife) to type all checks personal and business.
Mr. Wiedemeyer passed in 1962 and Eva Wiedemeyers' sons purchased her a new Smith Corona Electric in the late 1960s for Mother's Day. The Zephyr was stored in a closet and found by the sons after their mother passed in November 2016 at age 101.
Mrs. Wiedemeyer lived in the same house all her life and the Zephyr was likely stored, untouched for 50-60 years.
It is an excellent example of a pre-WWII portable. It required little cleanup to get it typing once again.
I am the second owner of this typewriter.
Hunter: David Brechbiel (davidbrechbiel)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I collect late 1930's-early 1940's memorabilia. I have a small collection of radios from this era that I recently had refurbished. My interest in typewriters focused around a Royal KHM typewriter that was given to me. I decided in early 2016 to get it repaired, but the typewriter repairman I visited claimed it should be trashed and couldn't be fixed. The KHM sat on my garage bench .. again gathering dust .. I couldn't toss it.
In April 2016, on a whim, I closed an eBay BUY IT NOW (and overpaid a lot!) typewriter. The 1947 Smith-Corona Silent may have cost me dearly but it started a hobby that has become a passion to learn all I can about these amazing machines. Within 18 months I have collected nearly 45 machines and am slowly learning how to repair, be patient, and be logical! :) I hope to share my collection with the world very soon!
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