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1945 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 4C108744 1945 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter, Serial # 4C108744 Daniel Burgoyne's 1945 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter. 2022-06-17 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Daniel Burgoyne: 1945 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 4C108744 Found in my neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada, this typewriter with a French-Canadian keyboard is said to have been used by a writer and journalist in Ottawa, but the seller could not remember his name.

This little marvel of compactness and simplicity types freely, as found, and the only problems that I can see are a bent latch, a hard platen and maybe a missing spring for the paper rest. The case's latch is still functional and I should be able to form it back to its original shape.

It's a 10 cpi Pica typeface.

1945 Smith Corona Clipper #4C108744

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Daniel Burgoyne (Ixzed23)
Created: 06-16-2022 at 07:40PM
Last Edit: 06-17-2022 at 10:52AM


Description:

Found in my neighbourhood in Ottawa, Canada, this typewriter with a French-Canadian keyboard is said to have been used by a writer and journalist in Ottawa, but the seller could not remember his name.

This little marvel of compactness and simplicity types freely, as found, and the only problems that I can see are a bent latch, a hard platen and maybe a missing spring for the paper rest. The case's latch is still functional and I should be able to form it back to its original shape.

It's a 10 cpi Pica typeface.

Typeface Specimen:

Photos:

French diacritic signs on QWERTY keyboard and, keytops with functions in French:  Majuscule (Maj.), Maj. Fixe, Retour and Déclanche (Déclan) Marge
French diacritic signs on QWERTY keyboard and, keytops with functions in French: Majuscule (Maj.), Maj. Fixe, Retour and DĂ©clanche (DĂ©clan) Marge

Floating Shift is another way of saying segment shift.
Floating Shift is another way of saying segment shift.

The airplane decal of  a Boeing B-314 features prominently on the ribbon cover, surely to reaffirm the lightness and portability of this machine.  

The rubbed off paint on the cover is a witness to how many times a left hand pushed the carriage return lever and hit the cover at the same time.
The airplane decal of a Boeing B-314 features prominently on the ribbon cover, surely to reaffirm the lightness and portability of this machine. The rubbed off paint on the cover is a witness to how many times a left hand pushed the carriage return lever and hit the cover at the same time.

Made in Toronto, Canada by the Smith Corona Corporation of Canada Ltd.
Made in Toronto, Canada by the Smith Corona Corporation of Canada Ltd.

Hunter: Daniel Burgoyne (Ixzed23)

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Bonjour! I am from the region of Montreal, Quebec and moved to Ottawa, Ontario in 1992.

Amateur watchmaker and machinist, I love anything mechanical, hydraulic or electric. I have restored American and Canadian clocks and small lathes, milling machines and a jig bore.

Most of my typewriters have Canadian-French Qwerty keyboards, with some exception for rare finds.



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