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1961 IBM Model C Executive Serial # 2080507 1961 IBM Model C Executive typewriter, Serial # 2080507 Michael Hoehne's 1961 IBM Model C Executive typewriter. 2015-10-01 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Michael Hoehne: 1961 IBM Model C Executive Serial # 2080507 I have wanted an Executive since I first saw one in the ‘70s but didn’t really expect to ever have one. So when I saw this one on a table at a yard sale, well....

The “Date Installed” was 6-9-61 as per the card pasted inside _and_ the service record inside---ya gotta love that thorough IBM. So this was bought the same year that the Selectric was introduced---but the Selectric didn’t have proportional-spaced type---HA!

The typeface is Testimonial (Code 71). I’ll post a type sample when I can produce one. It came with five new carbon ribbons and a spare platen.

It has some problems, though: half of the slugs (the center-right half) do not make it to the paper. It sounds like it’s trying, though, so I’ll keep working on it. There was an empty ribbon spool rattling around inside; maybe it bent something.

1961 IBM Model C Executive #2080507

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Michael Hoehne (mhoehne)
Created: 08-03-2014 at 04:53PM
Last Edit: 10-01-2015 at 04:07PM


Description:

I have wanted an Executive since I first saw one in the ‘70s but didn’t really expect to ever have one. So when I saw this one on a table at a yard sale, well....

The “Date Installed” was 6-9-61 as per the card pasted inside _and_ the service record inside---ya gotta love that thorough IBM. So this was bought the same year that the Selectric was introduced---but the Selectric didn’t have proportional-spaced type---HA!

The typeface is Testimonial (Code 71). I’ll post a type sample when I can produce one. It came with five new carbon ribbons and a spare platen.

It has some problems, though: half of the slugs (the center-right half) do not make it to the paper. It sounds like it’s trying, though, so I’ll keep working on it. There was an empty ribbon spool rattling around inside; maybe it bent something.

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Proportional type was simplicity itself for the typist.
Proportional type was simplicity itself for the typist.



Pretty impressive for visitors approaching the receptionist's desk!
Pretty impressive for visitors approaching the receptionist's desk!


The ribbon take-up system---it's more than just a spool.
The ribbon take-up system---it's more than just a spool.



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