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1949 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 5C102313 1949 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter, Serial # 5C102313 Chris Aldrich's 1949 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter. 2024-05-25 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Chris Aldrich: 1949 Smith Corona Clipper Serial # 5C102313 An early version of the new 5C model Clipper from Smith-Corona. This one came in functioning, but rough shape and is going to need a serious clean to get it back up to speed. Of particular note, it's got some Dutch characters on the keyboard including an Æ ligature, an Å (a with overring), and a Ø (slashed o) all in upper and lower case.

Purchased in 2024, this 5 series Clipper is now cleaned up and is a lovely joy. More details about it are available on my website by way of the link section.

1949 Smith Corona Clipper #5C102313

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Chris Aldrich (chrisaldrich)
Created: 05-25-2024 at 12:24AM
Last Edit: 05-25-2024 at 01:49PM


Description:

An early version of the new 5C model Clipper from Smith-Corona. This one came in functioning, but rough shape and is going to need a serious clean to get it back up to speed. Of particular note, it's got some Dutch characters on the keyboard including an Æ ligature, an Å (a with overring), and a Ø (slashed o) all in upper and lower case.

Purchased in 2024, this 5 series Clipper is now cleaned up and is a lovely joy. More details about it are available on my website by way of the link section.

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Brown bodied Smith-Corona Clipper with green keys sitting on a wooden library card catalog next to a small vase of red roses.
Brown bodied Smith-Corona Clipper with green keys sitting on a wooden library card catalog next to a small vase of red roses.

table level view of the front of the typewriter featuring the brown shiny spacebar in front with the green keys sitting slightly above them. In the backgound on the right is a green house plant.
table level view of the front of the typewriter featuring the brown shiny spacebar in front with the green keys sitting slightly above them. In the backgound on the right is a green house plant.

Close up of the right side of the keyboard featuring several Dutch characters.
Close up of the right side of the keyboard featuring several Dutch characters.

Close up of the dark green plastic keys which comprise the keyboard of the Smith-Corona Clipper. The Shift and shift lock keys are a lighter green and the spacebar is a darker brown than the body of the machine.
Close up of the dark green plastic keys which comprise the keyboard of the Smith-Corona Clipper. The Shift and shift lock keys are a lighter green and the spacebar is a darker brown than the body of the machine.

View down onto the ribbon cover and into the typebasket of the machine. On the back we can see the markings going up to 100 on the paper table, and the word Clipper written on the top side of the back of the machine.
View down onto the ribbon cover and into the typebasket of the machine. On the back we can see the markings going up to 100 on the paper table, and the word Clipper written on the top side of the back of the machine.

View of the left side of the typewriter looking in to the basket and the left side of the carriage including the return lever.
View of the left side of the typewriter looking in to the basket and the left side of the carriage including the return lever.

A view of the right rear of the typewriter looking down into the typebasket. The numbering on the paper table goes up to 100 indicating that the machine has elite typeface.
A view of the right rear of the typewriter looking down into the typebasket. The numbering on the paper table goes up to 100 indicating that the machine has elite typeface.

Close up of the round brown knob on the right side of the carriage. Just underneath it is a chrome button which when activated allows the carriage to be centered on the machine.
Close up of the round brown knob on the right side of the carriage. Just underneath it is a chrome button which when activated allows the carriage to be centered on the machine.

view of the left side of the typewriter which includes a dark brown plastic platen knob with a silver button on it
view of the left side of the typewriter which includes a dark brown plastic platen knob with a silver button on it

View from the rear of the typewriter down into the typebasket. The typeface is almost gleaming.
View from the rear of the typewriter down into the typebasket. The typeface is almost gleaming.

Angle down onto the right rear of the typewriter as seen from the back.
Angle down onto the right rear of the typewriter as seen from the back.

View of the Smith-Corona typewriter of the rear.
View of the Smith-Corona typewriter of the rear.

Close up of the cleaned segment and the typebars and typeface.
Close up of the cleaned segment and the typebars and typeface.

A view into the typebasket and the ribbon and ribbon vibrator with the hood of the machine opened. On the inside of the hood one can seen thick, quilted-looking felt.
A view into the typebasket and the ribbon and ribbon vibrator with the hood of the machine opened. On the inside of the hood one can seen thick, quilted-looking felt.

Close up view of the ribbon vibrator and ribbon threading on the Smith-Corona Clipper
Close up view of the ribbon vibrator and ribbon threading on the Smith-Corona Clipper

View of the inside left of the typewriter with the hood up showing the left ribbon cup, the touch controls and visibly stamped into a metal bar between them is the serial number of the machine
View of the inside left of the typewriter with the hood up showing the left ribbon cup, the touch controls and visibly stamped into a metal bar between them is the serial number of the machine

A wooden table with a towel on it. On the towel is the chassis of the typewriter with the body panels removed and sitting around it. Ordered next to the typewriter are several screwdrivers, brushes, and surgical clamps
A wooden table with a towel on it. On the towel is the chassis of the typewriter with the body panels removed and sitting around it. Ordered next to the typewriter are several screwdrivers, brushes, and surgical clamps

Opened black Smith-Corona case with green interior sitting on a wooden library card catalog.
Opened black Smith-Corona case with green interior sitting on a wooden library card catalog.

Angle on three sides of the black fabric covered typewriter case sitting on a library card catalog.
Angle on three sides of the black fabric covered typewriter case sitting on a library card catalog.

Cover of the gray typewriter manual with a large script word "Congratulations" on the front followed by the words You now own the world's finest portable typewriter. The Smith-Corona logo is at the bottom of the page below a small picture of a typewriter.
Cover of the gray typewriter manual with a large script word "Congratulations" on the front followed by the words You now own the world's finest portable typewriter. The Smith-Corona logo is at the bottom of the page below a small picture of a typewriter.

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