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1964 Penncrest (SCM) Caravelle Serial # P5A101111 1964 Penncrest (SCM) Caravelle typewriter, Serial # P5A101111 Steven Blake's 1964 Penncrest (SCM) Caravelle typewriter. 2022-03-21 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Steven Blake: 1964 Penncrest (SCM) Caravelle Serial # P5A101111 Originally sold by US department store chain JC Penney under a private-label agreement with Smith-Corona, this machine was purchased from an online marketplace and shipped unlocked, upside-down in it's case, and with no protective padding inside or out. Yet this terrific little typer needed nothing more than a thorough cleaning in order to become one of my favorites. Just like it's SCM-branded 5-series siblings, it's an excellent example of mid-Twentieth Century quality American manufacturing.

UPDATE: A little research with the JC Penney catalogs from the mid-1960s suggests that this Penncrest Caravelle was sold by Penney's in late 1964. In Penney's 1964 Spring/Summer catalog no Penncrest model was offered; rather JCP sold Smith-Corona's 5-series portable on which the Caravelle was later based. The Caravelle makes its first appearance in Penney's 1964 Christmas Book (photo image below), but the following year the new Penncrest "Caravelle 10" and "Caravelle 12" models were offered after Penney's added a 12-inch carriage model to the lineup. I've included links to the 1964 and 1965 JCP Christmas Books below.

SECOND UPDATE: Corrected the serial number.

1964 Penncrest (SCM) Caravelle #P5A101111

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Steven Blake (FloydGondolli)
Created: 12-02-2021 at 06:33PM
Last Edit: 03-21-2022 at 03:43PM


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Originally sold by US department store chain JC Penney under a private-label agreement with Smith-Corona, this machine was purchased from an online marketplace and shipped unlocked, upside-down in it's case, and with no protective padding inside or out. Yet this terrific little typer needed nothing more than a thorough cleaning in order to become one of my favorites. Just like it's SCM-branded 5-series siblings, it's an excellent example of mid-Twentieth Century quality American manufacturing.

UPDATE: A little research with the JC Penney catalogs from the mid-1960s suggests that this Penncrest Caravelle was sold by Penney's in late 1964. In Penney's 1964 Spring/Summer catalog no Penncrest model was offered; rather JCP sold Smith-Corona's 5-series portable on which the Caravelle was later based. The Caravelle makes its first appearance in Penney's 1964 Christmas Book (photo image below), but the following year the new Penncrest "Caravelle 10" and "Caravelle 12" models were offered after Penney's added a 12-inch carriage model to the lineup. I've included links to the 1964 and 1965 JCP Christmas Books below.

SECOND UPDATE: Corrected the serial number.

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Penncrest Caravelle - from Penney's 1964 Christmas Book
Penncrest Caravelle - from Penney's 1964 Christmas Book

Penncrest Caravelle 10 and Caravelle 12 models from Penney's 1965 Christmas Catalog
Penncrest Caravelle 10 and Caravelle 12 models from Penney's 1965 Christmas Catalog

Hunter: Steven Blake (FloydGondolli)

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