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197X IBM Selectric Composer Serial # 5024800 197X IBM Selectric Composer typewriter, Serial # 5024800 William Saxbe's 197X IBM Selectric Composer typewriter. 2022-01-16 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of William Saxbe: 197X IBM Selectric Composer Serial # 5024800 A handsome selectric Composer with the language dial on the left. I found it from a seller who didn't know what it was: it was advertised as a "vintage typewriter 2 wheels" Not surprising as there is no model information or nameplate beyond the IBM badges. Not visible, but it came with a Univers medium italic element.

Looks solid and cosmetically in great shape except for a cracked transport pulley (dang plastic) and a lot of that 'special' IBM blend of solidified grease and atomized foam soundproofing. It's too gummed up for me to test yet and needs a deep clean, but I slipped the belt off to test the motor and it ran strong.

Still need to get all the hardened crud out before I can really test it, and there may be other plastic pieces like the transport pulley that haven't survived that I haven't found yet.

A daunting but exciting project. More photographs forthcoming.

197X IBM Selectric Composer #5024800

Status: My Collection
Hunter: William Saxbe (wsaxbe)
Created: 01-16-2022 at 06:33PM
Last Edit: 01-16-2022 at 07:46PM


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A handsome selectric Composer with the language dial on the left. I found it from a seller who didn't know what it was: it was advertised as a "vintage typewriter 2 wheels" Not surprising as there is no model information or nameplate beyond the IBM badges. Not visible, but it came with a Univers medium italic element.

Looks solid and cosmetically in great shape except for a cracked transport pulley (dang plastic) and a lot of that 'special' IBM blend of solidified grease and atomized foam soundproofing. It's too gummed up for me to test yet and needs a deep clean, but I slipped the belt off to test the motor and it ran strong.

Still need to get all the hardened crud out before I can really test it, and there may be other plastic pieces like the transport pulley that haven't survived that I haven't found yet.

A daunting but exciting project. More photographs forthcoming.

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