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1973 IBM Selectric 71 Serial # 21-9532246 1973 IBM Selectric 71 typewriter, Serial # 21-9532246 Michael Jordan's 1973 IBM Selectric 71 typewriter. 2024-03-12 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Michael Jordan: 1973 IBM Selectric 71 Serial # 21-9532246 I purchased this Selectric I brand new from IBM in 1973. I paid $525.20 for it. It is an 11" Carriage (Elite) with carbon ribbon. It is IBM Sandstone Beige. The typewriter was recently serviced and it is 100% operational and looks and works just like the day I purchased it. I ran a letter shop with this typewriter and it has paid for itself many times over. I have over 20 type elements for this typewriter. I think that this Selectric has one of the best touches of all my typewriters. The type style I have as the Typeface Specimen is the original element that I received with the typewriter when I purchased it new.

1973 IBM Selectric 71 #21-9532246

Status: My Collection
Hunter: Michael Jordan (DMJTypeStyle)
Created: 04-07-2023 at 12:25PM
Last Edit: 03-12-2024 at 09:04AM


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I purchased this Selectric I brand new from IBM in 1973. I paid $525.20 for it. It is an 11" Carriage (Elite) with carbon ribbon. It is IBM Sandstone Beige. The typewriter was recently serviced and it is 100% operational and looks and works just like the day I purchased it. I ran a letter shop with this typewriter and it has paid for itself many times over. I have over 20 type elements for this typewriter. I think that this Selectric has one of the best touches of all my typewriters. The type style I have as the Typeface Specimen is the original element that I received with the typewriter when I purchased it new.

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I have been collecting typewriters since I was a teenager. My first typewriter was given to me by my parents for Christmas. It was a Sears Tutor portable. I used it extensively throughout middle school and high school. I typed all my homework and term papers. Just before I started college, I purchased a brand new IBM Selectric I, 11" carriage in sandstone beige. I used that typewriter to supplement my income by operating a "letter shop" where I took in typing projects. I am glad to say, I paid for my Selectric I many times taking in typing jobs. I currently have a collection of several typewriters. The most recognizable typewriters in my collection are: 1. Royal FP (Elite), 2. Royal Empress (Pica), 3. Underwood Golden Touch (Pica). 4. Royal Safari with case and manual. I have several IBM Typewriters, my original Selectric I 11" carriage, carbon ribbon, elite, a Selectric I, 13" carriage, fabric ribbon. elite, a Selectric I 15" carriage, carbon ribbon, elite, a Correcting Selectric II dual pitch, carbon ribbon, a Correcting Selectric III dual pitch, carbon ribbon, a IBM WheelWriter 30 Series II, a IBM ActionWriter 1, a IBM Personal Typewriter and an IBM Memory Typewriter 100. I tend to favor IBM typewriters as my collection indicates. I also have a collection of Brother Electronic Word Processors, a Super PowerNote PN-8500MDS, also, a WP-2200 system. I have started a local group named: Type_Style_Type_In on Meetup and will sponsor Type-Ins for other people interested in typewriters in my area.



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