Smith-Corona Silent typewriter. [Retro Series Part V]
Enough of this philosophical talk and on to the machine in question.
Model: 1952 Smith-Corona Silent
Serial No.: 5S325980
I was amazed not only at the machine itself but at how lovingly it was taken care of. No dust, no scratches, nothing to indicate that it was anything other than brand-spanking new other than a hopelessly dried out ribbon.
You have to understand, before this shop, I had seen other typewriters in various states of decay. Bent keys, jammed keys, dust and mold growing in and out of the cracks, cracked bodies, broken margin stops and shift mechanisms (a couple of Underwood #5's) and overall hopelessly abandoned machines in need of major TLC.
When I saw this one, it called to me. (Figuratively speaking, of course.)
So the guy at the shop said that he would take 20% off if we decided that it was the machine to purchase. For a princely sum of $77 and some change, my awesome dad took it off the guy's hands and put it into mine.
All I can say is, this one is great. I had a minor problem with the @ sign key jamming on the ribbon vibrator but with a little skillful bending that problem was appeased. :) Now it's in perfect working order.