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1968 Smith Corona Sterling 12 Serial # SMLA-101769 1968 Smith Corona Sterling 12 typewriter, Serial # SMLA-101769 Plante and Doole-Fisher Typewriters's 1968 Smith Corona Sterling 12 typewriter. 2019-04-16 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Plante and Doole-Fisher Typewriters: 1968 Smith Corona Sterling 12 Serial # SMLA-101769 This is a very early example of a Smith-Corona Sterling "12", which signifies the longer carriage-length compared to the more conventional carriage-size. The first Sterling "12" was stamped 6MLA-100001 so this machine is a mere 1768 numbers further. Comparing that to the end of 369995, this typewriter is an early bird. Retrieved from a batch of typewriters from which my Continental 100 also came from as well as the German Triumph and the FK Mala from Poland, this typewriter is rather mediocre condition as far as these typewriters go. The storage in the garage did not do it's metal work much good. There is a few notable places of rust within the mechanism of this typewriter, and it required a deep-cleaning by the time it came to me. However, Smith-Corona's integrity holds up when it comes to the build-quality of these machines, because regardless of it's dismal condition, the typewriter works flawlessly and is actually quite pleasant to work on. Perhaps this will be a creative guinea-pig and we might give it a new coat of paint and some upgrades. Who knows. This typewriter, being a "Sterling" is equipped with the tabulator, and the three point position, but lacks the power-space that the "Classic" would've come with.

~ Dirk

1968 Smith Corona Sterling 12 #SMLA-101769

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Plante and Doole-Fisher Typewriters (venneburgtypewriters)
Created: 04-16-2019 at 01:25PM
Last Edit: 04-16-2019 at 01:26PM


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This is a very early example of a Smith-Corona Sterling "12", which signifies the longer carriage-length compared to the more conventional carriage-size. The first Sterling "12" was stamped 6MLA-100001 so this machine is a mere 1768 numbers further. Comparing that to the end of 369995, this typewriter is an early bird. Retrieved from a batch of typewriters from which my Continental 100 also came from as well as the German Triumph and the FK Mala from Poland, this typewriter is rather mediocre condition as far as these typewriters go. The storage in the garage did not do it's metal work much good. There is a few notable places of rust within the mechanism of this typewriter, and it required a deep-cleaning by the time it came to me. However, Smith-Corona's integrity holds up when it comes to the build-quality of these machines, because regardless of it's dismal condition, the typewriter works flawlessly and is actually quite pleasant to work on. Perhaps this will be a creative guinea-pig and we might give it a new coat of paint and some upgrades. Who knows. This typewriter, being a "Sterling" is equipped with the tabulator, and the three point position, but lacks the power-space that the "Classic" would've come with.

~ Dirk

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This gallery represents the machines owned by good friends Dirk Plante and Sean Doole, who reside in British Columbia, Canada. Together they have established Venneburg Typewriters, a partnership that to date has seen over 400 typewriters since 2009. Here you will find the machines that are currently still in possession or that have come and gone since December 2017.

***As of July 2020, this collection now also represents pieces from the collection of Troy Krahn!



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