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1956 Smith Corona Electric Portable Serial # 5TE111262 1956 Smith Corona Electric Portable typewriter, Serial # 5TE111262 William Saxbe's 1956 Smith Corona Electric Portable typewriter. 2022-01-02 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of William Saxbe: 1956 Smith Corona Electric Portable Serial # 5TE111262 "Pinkerton"

It's pink!

Sweet little electric machine came to me as a gift from my Sister in L.A. Cosmetically rough, with quite a bit of fading on the body. Tucked under overlapping edges and on inner surfaces, however, the dusty pale rose pink is revealed to have originally been a much darker shade of rich lipstick pink, almost matching the space bar. The white 'electric' badge has lost a few letters, and most corners are showing a bit of paint loss. Candidate for a repaint? The folks at Smith Corona certainly didn't mind using a LOT of fasteners on their panels: several dozen fiddly little screws makes me appreciate IBM's designers. They made machines that were built to be serviced simply and expeditiously. The internals did need a lot of cleaning! The first time I turned it on several type bars did their best impressions of a machine gun. Forced air, several generous applications of solvent, and a few springs sourced from the donor bin calmed everything down. Typing nicely now. Very responsive and surprisingly quiet! Manual return so motor isn't too big. Had no clean paper so type sample looks filthy.
Molly Ringwald, eat your heart out.

1956 Smith Corona Electric Portable #5TE111262

Status: My Collection
Hunter: William Saxbe (wsaxbe)
Created: 01-01-2022 at 09:12PM
Last Edit: 01-02-2022 at 12:25PM


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"Pinkerton"

It's pink!

Sweet little electric machine came to me as a gift from my Sister in L.A. Cosmetically rough, with quite a bit of fading on the body. Tucked under overlapping edges and on inner surfaces, however, the dusty pale rose pink is revealed to have originally been a much darker shade of rich lipstick pink, almost matching the space bar. The white 'electric' badge has lost a few letters, and most corners are showing a bit of paint loss. Candidate for a repaint? The folks at Smith Corona certainly didn't mind using a LOT of fasteners on their panels: several dozen fiddly little screws makes me appreciate IBM's designers. They made machines that were built to be serviced simply and expeditiously. The internals did need a lot of cleaning! The first time I turned it on several type bars did their best impressions of a machine gun. Forced air, several generous applications of solvent, and a few springs sourced from the donor bin calmed everything down. Typing nicely now. Very responsive and surprisingly quiet! Manual return so motor isn't too big. Had no clean paper so type sample looks filthy.
Molly Ringwald, eat your heart out.

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