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1959 IBM Model C Executive Serial # 2014881 1959 IBM Model C Executive typewriter, Serial # 2014881 Dan Johnson's 1959 IBM Model C Executive typewriter. 2018-01-01 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Dan Johnson: 1959 IBM Model C Executive Serial # 2014881 This is IBM's proportional-typeface typewriter, but unlike the Selectrics, they did it with ordinary type bars and slugs. I was fortunate to find one in fairly good shape, meaning it doesn't skip (much), but it's not perfect in that regard, either. What "sealed the deal" for me was its gorgeous color and a local pickup.

Thanks to Jer Wal for telling me where to find the serial number: move the carriage to the right and look straight down for a stamped metal label on the carriage assembly. (I've added a photo of the serial number on mine.)

Thanks also to Richard Polt who identified the gorgeous typeface as "Testimonial" along with his link to a digital version available at http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/testimonial.html

1959 IBM Model C Executive #2014881

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Dan Johnson (rdj)
Created: 02-13-2016 at 02:56PM
Last Edit: 01-01-2018 at 11:35AM


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This is IBM's proportional-typeface typewriter, but unlike the Selectrics, they did it with ordinary type bars and slugs. I was fortunate to find one in fairly good shape, meaning it doesn't skip (much), but it's not perfect in that regard, either. What "sealed the deal" for me was its gorgeous color and a local pickup.

Thanks to Jer Wal for telling me where to find the serial number: move the carriage to the right and look straight down for a stamped metal label on the carriage assembly. (I've added a photo of the serial number on mine.)

Thanks also to Richard Polt who identified the gorgeous typeface as "Testimonial" along with his link to a digital version available at http://site.xavier.edu/polt/typewriters/testimonial.html

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Thanks to Jer Wal for telling me where to find the serial number: move the carriage to the right and look straight down for a stamped metal label on the carriage assembly.
Thanks to Jer Wal for telling me where to find the serial number: move the carriage to the right and look straight down for a stamped metal label on the carriage assembly.

Hunter: Dan Johnson (rdj)

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