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196x IBM Selectric I Serial # 721 05007919 196x IBM Selectric I typewriter, Serial # 721 05007919 Tas Kyprianou's 196x IBM Selectric I typewriter. 2023-10-17 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Tas Kyprianou: 196x IBM Selectric I Serial # 721 05007919 A three-and-a-half-hour round trip to pick up this sweet little "strawberry" for a friend in Malaysia. Damn if I didn't fall in love with it at first sight. It's SO cute and dinky compared to the big black II I owned for a while. This one's a non-starter, though. If it were mine, the screws would be off and Phoenix Typewriter clips would be playing in the background as I investigated. Sadly, it's not, and I don't want to break or scupper anything on it.
I took a few quick photos, I pretended it worked, I swooned even more when I saw it had a Gothic ball then I covered it up and "hid" it on top of a wardrobe.
I thought I'd share it here until my friend arranges to pick it up.

Not sure how the QWERTZ machines work. Do they need QWERTZ balls or are they "wired" differently?

196x IBM Selectric I #721 05007919

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)
Created: 10-17-2023 at 08:46AM
Last Edit: 10-17-2023 at 10:49AM


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A three-and-a-half-hour round trip to pick up this sweet little "strawberry" for a friend in Malaysia. Damn if I didn't fall in love with it at first sight. It's SO cute and dinky compared to the big black II I owned for a while. This one's a non-starter, though. If it were mine, the screws would be off and Phoenix Typewriter clips would be playing in the background as I investigated. Sadly, it's not, and I don't want to break or scupper anything on it.
I took a few quick photos, I pretended it worked, I swooned even more when I saw it had a Gothic ball then I covered it up and "hid" it on top of a wardrobe.
I thought I'd share it here until my friend arranges to pick it up.

Not sure how the QWERTZ machines work. Do they need QWERTZ balls or are they "wired" differently?

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Hunter: Tas Kyprianou (Tas)

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Status: Typewriter Hunter
Points: 4045

UK member with Greek Cypriot heritage, living in London.
Relatively new to the hobby - My first machine was an Everest Mod 90 that I bought after watching a Violet Evergarden anime in December 2021.
My collection now consists of 40 machines. Nice round number. Time to stop I reckon. . .

My absolute favourite remains (just) my 1939 Royal KMM. For me, it's both the prettiest and the "warmest" to type on. It has "Majik" (with a nod to Sandy1)
I count my blessings that I am lucky enough to have amassed such a beautiful bunch.



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