If you do nothing but study the images above and the short video provided below, you'll know more about this typewriter than you can learn from 99 percent of the listings here. This is a clean, fully functional example of Smith-Corona's premium portable typewriter in 1954, the Super. Properly set up and ready for use straight from its original carrying case, this typewriter has been cleaned, repaired and adjusted, lubricated where appropriate -- then checked and checked again. It's been fitted with a fresh ink ribbon, wound onto period-correct steel spools.Every feature of this typewriter now functions as it was intended to in the year of its manufacture. Here is a clip of the Super at work. 1954 Smith-Corona Super typewriter demo.
The Smith-Corona keyboard gets its characteristic touch -- quick and light -- from a patented parallelogram design in the linkages which keeps every key flat through its stroke. The SCM marketing people called this feature comfort touch. There were four models in the 5-Series lineup: from entry-level to premium, they were the Clipper, the Sterling, the Silent and the Super, later named the Silent-Super. This machine's serial number dates it to 1954.
The type pitch you see here is elite -- 12 characters to the inch, the smaller of the two common typewriter print sizes. For a sense of the cosmetic condition, please enlarge the photos.
The main body panels have been refinished with three coats of satin boot brown paint. One of the many great things about these vintage portables is the way their carrying cases absorb the wear and tear while protecting the machines inside. This typewriter's tweed-covered case shows its 67 years -- it's grubby and shows corner wear on the outside, but is clean inside, is structurally solid, and protects the machine reliably.Most important here, in my view, are the images depicting the impression this typewriter places on the page. If you seek a typewriter for use as well as for display, a specimen page should inform your shopping decision. This is a 67-year-old machine, and without a sample page, how can you decide whether the typed impression is suitable for your purposes? This typewriter's platen is in such good condition that I suspect it's been replaced at some point. That said, it's always good practice with these vintage machines to use a second sheet behind the page you're typing, just to cushion the impact of the key slugs a bit.
Please do be in touch if you have any questions about the condition, use or care of this machine. The item "1954 Smith Corona Super typewriter withcase, new ribbon A classic, working well" is in sale since Tuesday, July 13, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters". The seller is "spanghew" and is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation.