1966 Sears Easy Touch #NONE
Status: My Collection
Created: 02-18-2014 at 05:03PM
Last Edit: 03-26-2014 at 07:39PM
A modern 3-bank typewriter, from the 1960s I think. Comes âwith foreign language type kit,â which is four changeable 3-character slugs and matching keytops; in use, they replace the =, /, and 3/4 characters. The system is an adaptation of Smith Corona's design on this Made in Japan machine.
The design isn't too bad but the execution should have used much more robust materials. The owner's manual gives instructions for bending the typebars back into alignment! Alignment is problematic in any case as you see from the type sample; there are many spurious marks made by parts of the slugs hitting where they shouldn't. Small type on what seems to be 8.5 pitch (It's too inconsistent to measure.) makes for a very airy page. LOUD, too.
No one will be writing The Great American Novel on this and not least because the 1-1/2 inch spools hold only 8 _feet_ of ribbon and the ribbon reverse is manual.
There are no tabs and no margin stops(!) and the platen is just barely long enough for a piece of typing paper--I don't know how they managed with A4 paper.
The manual also advises us to use the cardboard shipping box as a carrying case!
Hunter: Michael Hoehne (mhoehne)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
While I find all of mankind's inventions interesting, I am most enchanted by the human-scale arts and devices, the ones that can be created (and repaired) in a home workshop or studio; the ones that can be understood by looking at them; the ones that do something useful or stir admiration. Typewriters work for me.
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