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1954 Smith Corona Sterling Serial # 5A535243 1954 Smith Corona Sterling typewriter, Serial # 5A535243 Mei Travis's 1954 Smith Corona Sterling typewriter. 2021-10-21 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mei Travis: 1954 Smith Corona Sterling Serial # 5A535243 Purchased locally on Sep. 26, 2021 for $30, it's a little dirty and all 5 right hand side typebar linkages are disconnected and bent, so it's a project machine for sure. A week later I managed to repair all the broken links, adjusted the shift-lock tab, and calibrated the letter heights. It's not in the greatest shape, and needs more thorough cleaning, but so far everything is typing great, and I even banged out a little typewriter song on it.

1954 Smith Corona Sterling #5A535243

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)
Created: 09-26-2021 at 10:36PM
Last Edit: 10-21-2021 at 05:20PM


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Purchased locally on Sep. 26, 2021 for $30, it's a little dirty and all 5 right hand side typebar linkages are disconnected and bent, so it's a project machine for sure. A week later I managed to repair all the broken links, adjusted the shift-lock tab, and calibrated the letter heights. It's not in the greatest shape, and needs more thorough cleaning, but so far everything is typing great, and I even banged out a little typewriter song on it.

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Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)

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During the quiet summer of 2020, I longed to use a typewriter again. After some online research and browsing, two Brother machines landed on my doorstep. A 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 pandemic blues. Now I'm obsessed about the different styles, the mechanics & repair, and their important history. Typewriters are an endless source of fascination as a literary medium, for creativity, a tinker-fest for machine geeks, and they 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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