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1948 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 4C-242370 1948 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter, Serial # 4C-242370 Chris Aldrich's 1948 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter. 2024-03-03 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Chris Aldrich: 1948 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 4C-242370 This was my third typewriter from my youth. My parents purchased it at a yard sale for $25 circa 1984. It was in storage from 1992 to 2023, but it's now back in regular service for my typecasting practice. It's a fantastic little workhorse.

1948 Smith Corona Clipper #4C-242370

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Chris Aldrich (chrisaldrich)
Created: 03-03-2024 at 12:42AM
Last Edit: 03-03-2024 at 01:08PM


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This was my third typewriter from my youth. My parents purchased it at a yard sale for $25 circa 1984. It was in storage from 1992 to 2023, but it's now back in regular service for my typecasting practice. It's a fantastic little workhorse.

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Smith-Corona typewriter in it's case with the case top opened up to view the typewriter inside.
Smith-Corona typewriter in it's case with the case top opened up to view the typewriter inside.

Side angle view of the Smith-Corona Clipper featuring the silver carriage return arm.
Side angle view of the Smith-Corona Clipper featuring the silver carriage return arm.

Close up of Gaylord Bros. library card catalog with a smaller desktop card index and black Smith-Corona Clipper typewriter on top
Close up of Gaylord Bros. library card catalog with a smaller desktop card index and black Smith-Corona Clipper typewriter on top

Desk level view of the front of a Shaw-Walker wooden card index tray next to a black typewriter.
Desk level view of the front of a Shaw-Walker wooden card index tray next to a black typewriter.

Close up view of where the typeface hits the ribbon and paper. The shiny metal features a red logo-esque imprint that reads "Floating Shift" in script.
Close up view of where the typeface hits the ribbon and paper. The shiny metal features a red logo-esque imprint that reads "Floating Shift" in script.

Reverse view into the opened Smith-Corona Clipper featuring a close up view of all of the type face and levers. Just visible at the top are a side view of the keys on the front of the typewriter.
Reverse view into the opened Smith-Corona Clipper featuring a close up view of all of the type face and levers. Just visible at the top are a side view of the keys on the front of the typewriter.

Rear view angle of the carriage return on the Smith-Corona Clipper with a view into the internals featuring the bell. The apparatus could be cleaner and features some use and dust build up on the oiled metal.
Rear view angle of the carriage return on the Smith-Corona Clipper with a view into the internals featuring the bell. The apparatus could be cleaner and features some use and dust build up on the oiled metal.

Rear view of the Smith-Corona Clipper sitting on a wooden table with the top cover open. The bottom of the black body reads: "L C Smith & Corona Typewriters Inc. Made in USA
Rear view of the Smith-Corona Clipper sitting on a wooden table with the top cover open. The bottom of the black body reads: "L C Smith & Corona Typewriters Inc. Made in USA

Sturdy black hard wooden typewriter case with black bakelite handle sitting on a wooden table.
Sturdy black hard wooden typewriter case with black bakelite handle sitting on a wooden table.

Hunter: Chris Aldrich (chrisaldrich)

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Hello! I’m a Johns Hopkins trained biomedical and electrical engineer with a variety of interests in the entertainment industry, information theory, evolution, big history, genetics, signal processing, transgenetics, translational medicine, and theoretical mathematics. I’m a strong advocate of the IndieWeb movement.

I have a love for analog office equipment including library card catalogs and typewriters. As of Summer 2024, I've got a segment of 13 typewriters, mostly portable and all manual. I'm working may way into trying out some standards soon and have been learning how to completely overhaul all of the machines in my collection, all of which work well aside from one machine which needs some parts. I've got more than half a dozen card catalogs including a Gaylord Bros. and a Steelcase along with several Remington Rand and some Shaw-Walkers. I've lost count of my index card collection once I passed 10,000.



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