I went to the Melbourne Pen Show this morning, but as I was getting ready to leave, a courier showed up with this beauty...on a Sunday!
At the pen show, I picked up a Lamy Safari, in its classic yellow case. While there. I met a young man who was tapping away at a 1926 Underwood portable. We chit-chatted typewriters and I tried to repair the Shift-Lock key on his machine, but without tools (and more importantly, knowledge), I was unable to get it to work as it should. I did, however, write down the deetails of the two typewriter repairers that I know and passed them along to him.
But I really couldn't wait to get home to use this new typewriter.
Not overly crazy about the colour, but as soon as my wife said it was dove-grey, I grew to like it. Now, if I can just give a good clean to bring it up looking spotless.
Bottom row, middle. The 'n' key sits a little lower than the others, but I've experienced no issues as far as typing goes.
A couple of stains here and there, but nothing disastrous. No other Smith-Corona details on the back.
The obligatory profile shot. This is another low-slung design by Smith-Corona. Still some DNA left over from the 1940s Clippers and Sterling models.
I haven't really put it through its paces, but so far, I'm happy with it. I don't think it even needs a service. Everything appears to be running as smoothly as a fifty-six year-old typewriter can.
If it can handle the long haul of writing page after page, then it's a keeper.
Thanks for reading!
P.S.- Thanks also to those of you who replied to my post about these models. I probably should have asked the question BEFORE I bought it. But I suppose Karma let me cash in a few chips.