1968 IBM Model D Executive #8280430
Status: My Collection
Created: 06-20-2018 at 04:39PM
Last Edit: 06-25-2018 at 11:46PM
This machine is not exactly the prettiest, after all it's an IBM. It is an electric (not electronic) machine and like most older electric machines, it uses a "power roller", which is a platen-like roller underneath the machine which is rotated by the electric motor. So it is very different from the Selectric (with its famous golf ball).
This Model D is proportional, so a "W" is wider than an "i", for example. Most functions are electric, including shift, shift lock, backspace, tab, and carriage return.
The machine uses a carbon ribbon. Also note the two space bars which provide a smaller and wider space.
Currently the machine powers on and types a little bit, but it will need cleaning and work to type smoothly.
When new, this machine cost about $700, which in 2018 US dollar equivalent is about $ 5,000! This was a top of the line machine.
Hunter: Erik Bruchez (ebruchez)
Status: Typewriter Hunter
I started collecting my first pre-WW2 standard typewriters in 2017. Since then I have added a few machines to my collection, which now ranges from the 1890s to the 1970s. As of April 2019, I have more big standard (desktop) typewriters than portables, and a few standard electrics.
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