Here's a cleaned, adjusted and tested Smith-Corona Clipper, loaded with a fresh ink ribbon and working as it should. It comes with its original carrying case, its original printed user manual, and even its original red cleaning brush.
Here's a short clip showing the machine in action. I've been collecting and fixing typewriters for 40 years, and the Clipper is a particular favorite.Its feature set includes everything a writer needs and nothing more. The Clipper is simple, sturdy, perfectly fitted to its task. It's a great first manual typewriter -- a great tenth or twentieth typewriter, too, for that matter. If you aspire to writing, if you're inclined to agree with Mr.
Natural's counsel, Get the right tool for the job! -- then here is a machine worthy of your consideration.
The Clipper is not a less-well-made member of Smith-Corona's famous 5-series generation of portable typewriters: It's the simplest version. The experience of typing on any one of these three models, properly set up, is the same. I feature a specimen typed page because this is what you need to see if you intend to put a classic typewriter to use. The type you see here is elite, 12 characters to the inch -- the smaller of the two most common type sizes. If you're looking for a bone-stock vintage typewriter in concours condition, this isn't the machine for you.
This typewriter came to me in need of cleaning and adjustment, and with scuffed and chipped paintwork in what might be the least attractive of all the 5-series colors, sapphire gray. Clean inside and out, has been lightly lubricated where appropriate, and is corrosion free. I removed all bodywork for servicing and repainted it with three coats of satin finish paint, apple red. Included above is a photo of the project in progress.
This typewriter is a cheerful presence now on the desk, and it types like a champ. 1956 was one of the last years for the classic green bakelite keys on the keyboard. The carrying case is Smith-Corona's premium model, called the "Holiday" case because its inner retaining bracket can be removed -- hey, instant 1950s luggage!This case has evident wear, but is still solid and protects the typewriter well. Everything key and every control. Load a sheet of paper and start right in on that grocery list, sonnet, or blistering letter to the CEO. In his excellent book, The Typewriter Revolution , Richard Polt praises this series of Smith-Coronas, writing: "The keyboard has an easy, comfortable touch, " and adding, the beefy machines of the fifties have the sturdiest construction. In the documentary film, American Typewriter , the actor and avid collector Tom Hanks declares these machines from the 1950s his favorite for writing.
Please do be in touch if you need more pictures or have any questions about the condition, use or care of this typewriter. The item "1956 Smith Corona Clipper typewriter withcase, ribbon, & manual. Works perfectly" is in sale since Sunday, February 21, 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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