Type samples from Smith-Coronas

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Sounds like I will need this book!

I miss the Smith-Corona manual typewriter I had in Tacoma. Left it behind when I moved back to AK.

Fortunately I found my older Smith-Corona manual typewriter (found in a church basement sale in Fairbanks for $6 in 1991, wrote many papers and plays and short stories on the thing). Unfortunately, it could have used a trip to the typewriter repair shop on 6th avenue in Tacoma.

Wound up selling it for $20 at a yard sale this summer. Which hurt a bit, but I needed the money.

At least I still have my Hermes 3000 portable. It’s very pale lime green!

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Rob, try What the Font, either the website or app. It identified Classic Elite No. 86 as FF Magda Clean Mono OT Regular.

FF Magda Clean Mono OT Regular: https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/fontfont/ff-magda-clean-mono/

How flexible! To change out the font, all you have to do is use a different typewriter.
No wonder Selectrics took over the world.

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I wonder how many of these Tom Hanks has in his collection.


Puttering around google for this post, I found someone’s old lament that they had to exchange their Smith Corona for a different model because someone bought them the Artistic Script model by mistake. Can you imagine! A typewriter stuck on that adorable but basically useless font.

Hey! I’ve got a cursive font Smith-Corona electric stored away! Weighs a ton though; you could really crush Kathy Bates’ skull with that baby.


I remember my Smith Corona from college. It was one of the ones with easily swappable cartridges so that you could pop out the black cartridge for the correcting cartrigdge. Being a poor typist, I got pretty good at that.

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