1949 Smith Corona Silent #5S 106179
Status: My Collection
Created: 12-18-2018 at 08:47AM
Last Edit: 12-18-2018 at 08:49AM
This is one of these rare occurences when you don't expect anything at all from an online purchased typewriter and upon arrival it shows itself as a fairly competent beast.
Smith Coronas are not too frequent around here, but the three I have fished out (Electra 220, Standard and now this Silent) have been notoious for their good quality and condition. If I'm not mistaken this one cost me about 25 euros, which is a great price for a fully functional typewriter from that time. And not only it works, but it works fine. The carriage flies like the wind, key action is comfortable, the ribbon still has some life in it... and the allignment is only so-so. Overall, a great typewriter.
The s/n is a welcome surprise as well. From the series' first year of production. Another little bonus is that this is the very first typewriter I have with the US cent symbol.
Hunter: Javier Vazquez del Olmo (Javi)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
The first typewriter I saw was my grandpaÂ´s Olivetti Linea 98 at the office. It was just a curio for me. Then I was given a Nakajima, which I didnÂ´t use and my grandfather took it from me because it was easier to handle than the bulky Linea 98. Now I own that typewriter, and I started a little collection in Valladolid, Spain. The Nakajima, which is "my" typewriter only returned home in 2017, almost 20 years later, when he wanted a better typewriter.
A collection that started small grew into something bigger, a nuisace for my family and a great source of satisfaction for me.
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