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1968 Smith Corona Electra 220 Serial # 6ELE-151065 1968 Smith Corona Electra 220 typewriter, Serial # 6ELE-151065 Mei Travis's 1968 Smith Corona Electra 220 typewriter. 2020-12-14 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Mei Travis: 1968 Smith Corona Electra 220 Serial # 6ELE-151065 It was supposed to be a casual affair, yet here I am falling for a Smith-Corona Electra 220. It started innocently enough, from my curiosity of the workings of an electric typewriter. Lo and behold, this beast is still going strong and types almost perfectly with a nearly silent motor. Like many of them, it just needed some cleaning, a few tweaks, and fresh ribbon. With no tangled typebars and the modern keyboard layout, this relationship will last a long, long time. Of all my current 24 typewriters, this one has my favorite keyboard layouts with the modern changes and has the best even, dark imprint of its standard Pica characters.

1968 Smith Corona Electra 220 #6ELE-151065

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)
Created: 12-07-2020 at 12:00PM
Last Edit: 12-14-2020 at 09:56AM


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It was supposed to be a casual affair, yet here I am falling for a Smith-Corona Electra 220. It started innocently enough, from my curiosity of the workings of an electric typewriter. Lo and behold, this beast is still going strong and types almost perfectly with a nearly silent motor. Like many of them, it just needed some cleaning, a few tweaks, and fresh ribbon. With no tangled typebars and the modern keyboard layout, this relationship will last a long, long time. Of all my current 24 typewriters, this one has my favorite keyboard layouts with the modern changes and has the best even, dark imprint of its standard Pica characters.

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Hunter: Mei Travis (meilynne)

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Out of the blue in the summer of 2020, I really wanted a typewriter again, so after some online research and browsing, two Brother machines landed on my doorstep. A pastel blue 1971 Montgomery Ward's Signature 511D and a creamy 1985 Sears ultraportable both ignited a fire I haven't felt in a long time. I quickly found Ted Munk, the Facebook groups, and the rest of the typewriter online community, where I learned how to fix them and appreciate them. By summer's end I had collected 20 typewriters to cure my 2020 pandemic blues. Now I'm obsessed about all the different styles, every aspect of the mechanics, and their important history. Typewriters are an endless source of fascination as a literary medium, for creativity, a tinker-fest for machine geeks, and still contribute to the economy. I truly enjoy learning how to bring mid-century or later typewriters back to life, even the electric ones, while completely in awe of the unique antiques that folks brilliantly restore. It warms my heart that there are others, and here we are sharing the same passions about typewriters together.



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