1958 Smith Corona Secretarial #62E-5064293C19
Status: My Collection
Created: 08-23-2014 at 09:22AM
Last Edit: 05-12-2015 at 09:48AM
I became more interested in mid-century Smith-Corona standards after trying to figure out how another model I owned fit into the bigger picture (http://typewriterdatabase.com/1952-smithcorona-secretarial.3031.typewriter), so I visited my local Smith-Corona Superstore yesterday and picked up another machine from the era.
There's certainly no substitute for owning several machines produced a few years apart to gain insight into the evolution of a design, and this Secretarial has helped me to better understand the Smith-Corona standards built during the '50s.
Interestingly, it was a 70+ year-old woman who had owned this machine, and an Olympia SG1 which I had also bought. As we were discussing typewriters in general, she placed a hand on the Olympia's ribbon cover, and unprompted, informed me that "this is a far better typewriter."
Having now used the Secretarial to type out a few pages I can say that it's a decent enough machine, but have to agree with its previous owner as to where it falls in comparison to the SG1.
UPDATE: Changed the model name to reflect how it appeared in Smith-Corona brochures and added an image of the machine from such a brochure.
Hunter: Uwe Wachtendorf (Uwe)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
Typewriter collector based in Toronto who prefers mid-century models.
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