Hours of work are usually involved, cleaning with compressed air and solvents and brushes; then tests and retests of every function, punctuated often by visits to the shelf of parts machines; finally the typing of a specimen page and a close examination of that page, which often prompts further adjustments and retyping. I enjoy this process -- some people do crossword puzzles; I do typewriters.But I wanted you to know how very different one of the machines I present here is from the vast bulk of the "found in Uncle Joe's closet, and gee, I think it seems to work" typewriters you'll find in these listings. Offered here is a handsome example of a classic Smith-Corona portable: a 1957 Sterling, properly set up and ready for use right out of its original Holiday carrying case. I've cleaned, adjusted and lubricated this machine and have installed a fresh bicolor bink ribbon, wound onto a pair of vintage, period-correct steel spools. Every feature of this typewriter now functions as it was intended to in the year of its manufacture -- I've checked and rechecked every key, every linkage, every control. Here's a short clip of the Sterling at work. 1957 Smith-Corona Sterling typewriter demo. Sixty-four years old and working like new: These Smith-Corona portables from the 1950s are famously durable machines. This model line, called the 5-Series, gets near-unanimous praise and respect from collectors and users of vintage typewriters.
Writers who have used this series of machines include Arthur Miller, T. The Smith-Corona typing touch is beloved among typists -- it's quick and light, with a parallelogram design in the linkages which keeps each key flat through its stroke.The SCM marketing people called this feature comfort touch. The Sterling (prefix 5A) was the middle machine in the line and included a system for setting tabs that will remind you where the word comes from -- tabs is what they are, actual pieces of metal that fit into a slotted bar behind the platen.
The type size you see 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 share a fundamental quality with the typewriter that contains them: nobody makes these anymore. For a sense of the cosmetics, I encourage you to enlarge the photos. This machine is clean, and its mechanical works are perfectly free of corrosion.
The platen must have been replaced at some point in this typewriter's life -- it's in excellent condition. This machine's most notable cosmetic issue is a subtly worn area on the right-hand top panel of the ribbon cover, behind the Smith-Corona logo, where a previous owner might have been a bit too aggressive in scrubbing the paint. If you study the pictures above you'll see that this area is visible more in some light than in others. 1957 was one of the last years this model was manufactured with the classic green keys.
The Holiday case (Smith-Corona's premium carrying case) has been carefully cleaned and protects the machine well. Most important here, in my view, is the impression this typewriter places on the page.This typewriter displays nicely on the bookshelf -- but if you seek a machine for serious use, the quality of the specimen page should weigh heavily in your shopping decision. Please be in touch if you have any questions about the condition, use or care of this machine. The item "1957 Smith Corona Sterling typewriter withcase, new ribbon. Working beautifully" is in sale since Thursday, June 24, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters".
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