Here, in all its 67-year-old beauty, is a full-sized portable typewriter with the snappy and responsive action that collectors and writers prize in Smith-Corona's classic portables from the 1950s. Just watch this typewriter at work. 1954 Smith-Corona Silent portable typewriter demo - YouTube.
Smith-Corona introduced a set of three new portable typewriters in time for Christmas shopping in 1959: the basic Clipper, the mid-line Sterling and the premium Silent. This is the Silent, with the 5S prefix, and it dates to 1954. What we have here is an excellent example of this iconic line from the golden age of manual typewriters, carefully cleaned, properly set up and ready for use right out of its original tweed carrying case. I've adjusted and lubricated this typewriter and have installed a fresh ink ribbon, wound onto period-correct metal spools.
I've been collecting and repairing vintage manual typewriters for 40 years. These Smith-Corona 5 machines from the 1950s are among my favorites, and I'm entirely in my comfort zone working on them. Every feature of this typewriter now functions as it was intended to in the year of its manufacture -- every key, every linkage, every control. The Smith-Corona typing touch is beloved among typewriter collectors and serious users -- it's quick and light, with a patented parallelogram design in the linkages which keeps every key flat through its stroke.
For decades, the SCM advertising people called this feature comfort touch. The type size here is pica, 10 characters to the inch -- the larger of the two most common typewriter print sizes. I hope you'll save the vintage steel spools and wind your new ribbon onto them when the day comes -- it's the work of a couple of minutes, and they look so much cooler under the hood than plastic. For a sense of this typewriter's cosmetic condition, I encourage you to enlarge the photos. The finish is good, and there's no corrosion in the mechanical works.
More important is the typed specimen page, presented both in the machine and in a separate scan for your examination. If you seek a typewriter for use as well as for display, the quality of the machine's printed output should weigh heavily in your shopping decision. In both the specimen sample and the video clip, I'm typing with a "second sheet, " a backing sheet of paper which cushions the impact of the keys.This is best practice when you're using a machine of this vintage that has its original platen. Please do be in touch if you have any questions about the condition, use or care of this machine.
The item "1954 Smith Corona Silent Typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly" is in sale since Sunday, January 24, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters". The seller is "spanghew" and is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
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