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1949 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 5C148415 1949 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter, Serial # 5C148415 Mei Travis's 1949 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter. 2021-05-18 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mei Travis: 1949 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 5C148415 I found this 1949 Smith-Corona Sterling locally for $30, and confident with my repair skills now, I grabbed it without testing. A soapy bath made its worn, stained finish more prominent but freed the sticky keys and sluggish escapement. I fixed the broken "Y" bar link, molded a few typebars, and raised the capital letters half-a-turn. I was initially going to pass on it, but glad I didn't because now it types perfectly. I enjoy the little humble bare-bones typewriters, as they've got all the necessities for straight writing. This is a nice entry-level machine to let others learn with and bang upon, too.

My Dad is now interested my new obsession over typewriters and wants a lightweight portable for himself. The Clipper is all that and more! Not to give my Dad anything shabby, I cleaned the machine a second time and was able to scrub away the stains using a rag soaked in ammonia & alcohol window cleaner. Finally I wiped the whole body a thick coat of Pledge, which is for cleaning & shining wood, but I noticed it leaves just enough waxy residue behind to spruce up dull vintage paint. However Dad decided the print was too small for him, so I'm going to find him something equally suitable in Pica for Father's Day.

1949 Smith Corona Clipper #5C148415

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)
Created: 12-23-2020 at 04:35PM
Last Edit: 05-18-2021 at 05:49PM


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I found this 1949 Smith-Corona Sterling locally for $30, and confident with my repair skills now, I grabbed it without testing. A soapy bath made its worn, stained finish more prominent but freed the sticky keys and sluggish escapement. I fixed the broken "Y" bar link, molded a few typebars, and raised the capital letters half-a-turn. I was initially going to pass on it, but glad I didn't because now it types perfectly. I enjoy the little humble bare-bones typewriters, as they've got all the necessities for straight writing. This is a nice entry-level machine to let others learn with and bang upon, too.

My Dad is now interested my new obsession over typewriters and wants a lightweight portable for himself. The Clipper is all that and more! Not to give my Dad anything shabby, I cleaned the machine a second time and was able to scrub away the stains using a rag soaked in ammonia & alcohol window cleaner. Finally I wiped the whole body a thick coat of Pledge, which is for cleaning & shining wood, but I noticed it leaves just enough waxy residue behind to spruce up dull vintage paint. However Dad decided the print was too small for him, so I'm going to find him something equally suitable in Pica for Father's Day.

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Dad's "new" typewriter next to a photo of him the year it was made.
Dad's "new" typewriter next to a photo of him the year it was made.


Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)

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Out of the blue in the summer of 2020, I really wanted a typewriter again, so after some online research and browsing, two Brother machines landed on my doorstep. A pastel blue 1971 Montgomery Ward's Signature 511D and a creamy 1985 Sears ultraportable both ignited a fire I haven't felt in a long time. I quickly found Ted Munk, the Facebook groups, and the rest of the typewriter online community, where I learned how to fix them and appreciate them. By summer's end I had collected 20 typewriters to cure my 2020 pandemic blues. Now I'm obsessed about all the different styles, every aspect of the mechanics, and their important history. Typewriters are an endless source of fascination as a literary medium, for creativity, a tinker-fest for machine geeks, and still contribute to the economy. I truly enjoy learning how to bring mid-century or later typewriters back to life, even the electric ones, while completely in awe of the unique antiques that folks brilliantly restore. It warms my heart that there are others, and here we are sharing the same passions about typewriters together.



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