Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Smith-Corona Super Sterling

I found this ad copy on the website for the digital collections of the Peter Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum (http://www.provinz.bz.it/katalog-kulturgueter/de/suche.asp?kks_priref=150016564). The image quality was low, so I retyped the copy:

The Super Sterling by Smith-Corona
You’ll rave about this full duty, budget-priced mid-weight portable!
Feel the smooth action and see the precision response of this basic Smith-Corona portable. It has everything you need to make your writing chores go smoother and easier, and it’s built to stay stylish and new all through your school years. It has all the same uncompromising quality, precision, and stamina of the more expensive Smith-Corona portables. Wherever you have writing to do—at home, in school, at the office or on the road—this rugged portable will serve you with flawless dependability and distinction. Its scientifically balanced, full 88-character office-size keyboard is engineered for accelerated action…keeps pace with the fastest fingers! You’ll love its advanced, low-profile styling designed for easy traveling and easy-storability. Its sophisticated decorator colors include: Star-Mist Blue, Bengal Tan, Slate Grey, Oasis Green. Accompanied by a flight-styled all metal, vinyl clad carrying case and backed by a 5 year guarantee. All these features plus its practical price add up to an amazing value!

If you are looking for a present to give or to get, one that will be appreciated for years to come, there is no finer gift than a Smith-Corona portable. See our full line of attractive models.



Smith-Corona Marchant. The Super Sterling by Smith-Corona. Hartford, CT: Smith-Corona Marchant, 1966. Print.


Here's a flyer from the same site for the Galaxie II

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Royal Safari IV, circa 1990

This is the newest typewriter I own, and a great machine to use (especially if you like Silver-Reeds). It was made in Bulgaria, from a Japanese design, and given an American name. (The three nameplates that were on the machine fell off; the glue was good enough to discolor the plastic, but bad enough that the nameplates fell off...). The only advertising I could find for it was circa 1990.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Name

I decided to change the name of my blog to serve as an umbrella name for my typewriter-related projects. For instance, my antique mall booth will soon be "Seattle-Firs Typewriter | Timberline Typewriter" and the ribbons I sell will be "Seattle-Firs Typewriter | Timberline Ribbon." Also, since I am researching the Seattle-First National Bank Building, I thought I'd pay tribute to the logo of what was once Seattle's largest bank.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New acquisitions


I finally have a Corona Three, made in 1912, with paperwork from 1919-1920! It is an incredible machine, which I bought in Kalama, WA 






Monday, January 9, 2017

Big News

I have been planning to open a typewriter shop in the Seattle metro area for a while--I now have a both at the Aurora Antique Pavilion, 24111 Highway 99, Edmonds, WA (Across Highway 104 from Aurora Village, above the Burlington Coat Factory). I specialize in reconditioned portable typewriters, which have been serviced to full working order (unless otherwise marked).
Bohn Contex with instructions (glued to bottom), $40, portable typewriters $60-150, Universal typewriter case $10, the joys of installing paneling, priceless. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

1960 Collegiate Portable Typewriter

I bought this typewriter from a fellow collector--it is a Cole-Steel Collegiate, made in 1960. According to period advertising, this model was sold for $49.79 by S.S. Kresge, which later became Kmart. Mechanically it is identical to the Cole-Steel portable; the only differences are the ribbon cover (which is raised on this model), and the lack of a touch selector.
According to Kresge's advertising, the Collegiate portable offered (quoted from the ad): 
  1. Completely cadmium plated mechanism throughout. Compare with ordinary black finish.
  2. Firm, solid chrome plated bars and metal fittings. Compare with other lightweight fittings
  3. Only 3 1/2 inches high. We believe this is the most compact of ALL portables.
  4. With Extra keys. Keyboard includes all standard plus several extra keys often not found on other portables.
  5. Lightweight Aluminum frame.
  6. Easy to read standard pica type
  7. Dow Chemical Styron Case
  8. Free picture manual of instructions
Also has left and right quick set margins, carriage centering device, automatic ribbon reverse, positive paper feed. 
(Reprinted from the Altoona (PA) Mirror, 12/8/1960









Sunday, September 25, 2016

Smith-Corona's Big Fall Push--1951

This is a collection of advertising and marketing tools produced by Smith-Corona in 1951. It includes scripts for radio ads, copies of advertising mats and magazine ads that appeared in 1951. It refers to Smith-Corona's tweed carrying case with the name "Silver Birch carrying case." Also, notice the Colorspeed keyboards.