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1984 IBM Electronic Typewriter 85 Serial # 7112090 1984 IBM Electronic Typewriter 85 typewriter, Serial # 7112090 Ted Munk's 1984 IBM Electronic Typewriter 85 typewriter. 2022-01-10 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of Ted Munk: 1984 IBM Electronic Typewriter 85 Serial # 7112090 I had never seen one of these before, an odd, short-lived hybrid that was manufactured between the Selectric III and the Wheelwriter. It uses Selectric III 96-character ball elements, but has a strange incompatible ribbon, and an electronically-controlled ball carrier and keyboard similar to a Wheelwriter, however the back half is all-mechanical like a Selectric. The thing is larger than, and weighs even *more* than a Selectric III somehow. I don't think very many were made, as they had to have been hella expensive. Sighted at MTE, where Bill says he doesn't even know how to get it apart, let alone fix it.

It can do 10/12 pitch plus Proportional Spacing (with Selectric III elements?)

1984 IBM Electronic Typewriter 85 #7112090

Status: Sightings
Hunter: Ted Munk (munk)
Created: 09-11-2014 at 03:59PM
Last Edit: 01-10-2022 at 03:37PM


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I had never seen one of these before, an odd, short-lived hybrid that was manufactured between the Selectric III and the Wheelwriter. It uses Selectric III 96-character ball elements, but has a strange incompatible ribbon, and an electronically-controlled ball carrier and keyboard similar to a Wheelwriter, however the back half is all-mechanical like a Selectric. The thing is larger than, and weighs even *more* than a Selectric III somehow. I don't think very many were made, as they had to have been hella expensive. Sighted at MTE, where Bill says he doesn't even know how to get it apart, let alone fix it.

It can do 10/12 pitch plus Proportional Spacing (with Selectric III elements?)

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I am a casual Typewriter Hunter residing in the sweltering deserts of Arizona with a wife, three cats and about 50 typewriters. My main hunting ground is thrift stores, and I rarely pay more than $10 for a machine. My collection consists mainly of portables with cases, and they stay in the cases unless I am actively using it (usually more than one at a time). I do, however keep a handful of interesting Selectrics, including a Composer and a couple of large Nakajima Electronics to use as daisywheel printers for my vintage laptop collection.



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