The Galaxie Twelve was Smith-Corona's premium model and the company's last manual portable typewriter, produced from December 1972 to January 1980; this example dates to 1975. Alan Seaver, whose website on typewriters is an authoritative resource, declares: Galaxies of this era are splendid machines to type on.As a collector and fixer of typewriters for some 40 years, I entirely agree. This typewriter has been gone through carefully -- adjusted, cleaned, lubricated where appropriate. It has a fresh ribbon and comes in a sturdy carrying case. Here's a short clip of the machine at work. 1975 Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve typewriter demo.
The Galaxie Twelve is a full-sized portable built for home use. It's not one of those lightweights you'd want to tote to the local coffee shop.
Once I pack this thing up with lots of padding, the box will weigh in the neighborhood of two dozen pounds. The photos tell the story of this machine's cosmetics. This machine is performing reliably and correctly, right down to the bright end-of-line bell. It has the eponymous twelve-inch carriage which accepts a sheet of paper in portrait or landscape orientation. The platen's rubber surface is in excellent condition.This machine produces type in the size called pica, 10 characters to the inch. Lines can be adjusted for single, double or triple-spacing. The keyboard experience for the typist is snappy and quick.
The Galaxie features a full 44-key keyboard, including the number 1 and the exclamation point. I urge you to spend some time with the image of the typed specimen page. This machine's impression on the paper shows none of the irregular, "dancing" type that begins to appear when a typewriter has seen heavy use. The even copy produced by this machine (together with the condition of the platen) suggests an easy life over the years.
The Galaxie Twelve was produced during what turned out to be the twilight years for high-quality manual typewriters. Electric typewriters were outselling manual machines by the mid-1970s, and the personal computer was just around the corner, soon to render typewriters nearly extinct. Which is to say: this machine represents a technology at its evolutionary peak. By the 1970s the engineers at Smith-Corona had solved the essential problems of building a muscle-powered writing machine, and were left to focus on such minor enhancements as their salespeople might tout.
After decades of working with typewriters, the reflex to simply reach up and flip keys back into the basket is so instantaneous for me that I never remember to use the dejammer. That said, you won't need to replace the fresh ribbon I've installed here for several hundred pages. I understand the importance of packing typewriters well, and promise to make every effort to ensure that this machine reaches you in fine working trim.Finally, if you've any questions about the condition, use or care of this typewriter, you are welcome to message me. The item "1975 Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve typewriter withcase+new ribbon. Working perfectly" is in sale since Friday, April 2, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters".
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