1949 Smith Corona Sterling #5A140746
Status: My Collection
Created: 12-09-2020 at 09:26AM
Last Edit: 02-27-2021 at 06:10PM
This SC Sterling has a standard Pica typeface and in good condition other than the dust and eraser poop inside the machine. As of 12/10/20, I've not yet cleaned the machine, but it appears to type perfectly thought it has a hardened platen and a broken prong on the type guide/cardholder. Along with two Elite siblings, a Super and a Silent-Super, I'm crazy about my SC 5-series collection. They are perfect little bulbous typewriters.
I gave this away and so it's now my daughter's first typewriter!
Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
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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