1957 Smith Corona Silent Super #5T 674266X
Status: My Collection
Created: 05-13-2019 at 04:55PM
Last Edit: 05-13-2019 at 05:01PM
I bought this one off Craigslist for $25. It needed a lot of work; the mainspring and cord drums were frozen solid and the drawstring had disconnected on both ends. Luckily it was still at the bottom of the machine, so I soaked the drums with penetrating oil and got them working, and re-attached the cord. After setting the tension and thoroughly cleaning the machine, it works great; in fact, it may be the best typing portable I have so far.
Hunter: Richard Bettes (GramsRoyal)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I am a retired printer going back to letterpress and hot type days, and just recently have begun collecting. I have acquired four typewriters so far, ranging from the 30's to the 60's; two Royals and two Smith-Coronas (well, almost two--one is a Sears Tower Commander). I love working on small machinery, and have been known to do a bit of woodworking occasionally. Also play guitar and mandolin and have been spotted at picnics and barbecues playing in string bands (Americana). I think old cars are great as well.
I don't have a preference for a specific style or date of typewriter yet, but seem drawn to mid-century portables. I'd like to try a few desktops to complement my writing, but we'll see what the budget and my wife's sanity can tolerate.
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