Sometimes I acquire typewriters after long hunts, intended for my personal collection. Sometimes I end up with a typewriter almost by accident -- and this handsome Smith-Corona Electra 210 -- built circa 1970 -- is one of those. It came to me described as non-functioning, and that was certainly true. Once the errant bracket was extracted, everything cleaned up nicely and the result is this handsome, perfectly functioning machine. Smith-Corona Electra 210 (circa 1970) typewriter demo.
This Electra 210 has a delightful typing touch, is fast in use and places text cleanly and precisely on the page. Because I'm not personally a fan of the power return, this is not a typewriter I ever would have sought out -- but I have to admit it's a very pleasant machine. Smith-Corona upended the American typewriter market in 1957 by introducing its first electric portable machine, the 5TE.
The 5TE was basically a manual typewriter (based on the Silent-Super) with a motor fitted into the back corner of the mechanism and an ingenious system of drive belts and linkages that propelled the keys quickly and evenly to the page. That model was succeeded by the Electra 110 and 120 (with 10-and 12-inch carriages, respectively), with restyled bodywork for the 1960s but nearly identical mechanicals inside. Then came this model, the Electra 210 and 220 series, with what was then a dramatic innovation: The hand-operated carriage return lever at top left was gone, replaced by a big POWER RETURN button at the right edge of the keyboard.
With the power return, a typist's hands need never leave the keyboard. Triple line spacing seems almost silly now, but back in the day, editors demanded it from reporters to leave space for their markups. Among typewriter collectors, you can find many varieties of the purist.
Some will collect only the black lacquered machines of the 1930s and before. Some eschew any typewriter with plastic bodywork.Many look down on anything electric, including the early motor-driven hybrids that actually used most of the mechanical parts and principles of their predecessors. I've actually come to a belated appreciation, some 40 years into this hobby of collecting and tinkering with typewriters, for the early electric portables. But this is the first one I've restored with the power return mechanism. This Electra 210 is an excellent typewriter. Every key and every control of this machine now works as intended. The Trimline carrying case is solid and protects the typewriter well. The Electra takes a standard "universal" typewriter ribbon -- the new ribbon installed here will be good for hundreds of pages, and is a snap to replace when the time comes. For the photo of the mechanicals inside, I removed the full metal baseplate. Most important here, for your consideration, are the image of the typewritten specimen page and the short video of the machine at work; they're as close as I can come to putting the Electra on your table and letting you "have a type" with it. I pack these machines with the same care that I devote to their restoration. Please be in touch if you have any questions about the use or care of this typewriter. The item "Smith Corona Electra 210 portable typewriter withcase+new ribbon Works perfectly" is in sale since Tuesday, July 6, 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.