Awesome retro industrial gray electric typewriter here for you! Very importantly marked the "Smith Corona Electra 120," this vintage electric typewriter would definitely add some star power to your retro decor or office writing space. This typewriter is just chock full of goodies - I could write about it all day (haha, get it?!). For example, if you're like me, you will be in awe of the amazing metal "hood" (reminds me of a car's engine hood!) that slides back smoothly to reveal the typewriter's innards. See the top of the third photo for a stop-action demo of this cool feature; very unusual and neat for a vintage typewriter since so many of them have covers that you simply have to remove entirely to get inside, and this can lead to unnecessary wear and breakage. (I must admit that although I usually have no need to, when using this typewriter, I tend to pull it back several times just for fun.)
What a cool case this typewriter comes in! Reminds me of a mid century suitcase with its high quality marbled brown, hard-sided exterior, with fabulous chrome trim still in really shiny and eye-catching condition. (If you've spent any time looking around our shop, you know that we are true lovers of vintage suitcases. This case would be a fabulous find even if it had nothing inside! Trust us, you could plan to use it for all your adventure travel packing even if you intended to leave the typewriter at home. Great size and SUPER condition!!) Lucky you, it even comes with the original key so you can protect your precious retro typewriter from prying fingers who might otherwise use up all your valuable ribbon ink! Reads, "Electra 120" and "SCM SMITH CORONA" on the outside. This suitcase is in fabulous vintage condition, very clean both inside and out with just a few scratches and surface wear for all its long and storied life. So clever, the case even has a couple little metal inserts that you place your typewriter into to help keep it from sliding around and being damaged while in the case. The inside top half of the case has the most pristine and eye-catching metallic silver, red, white, and blue label you can imagine: it reads:
"MADE WITH CARE
PACKED WITH PRIDE
5 YEAR PARTS GUARANTEE
SMITH-CORONA TYPEWRITERS ARE MADE IN THE U.S.A. BY AMERICAN CRAFTSMEN
MADE IN U.S.A.
Oh, and just wait till you try out the Electra 120's "Power Space" key! It makes a great and powerful sound and really MOVES the carriage forward fast. Suddenly, you become a Super Hero Typer and feel so ultra productive! Gives me a rush every time. (Too bad it can't come up with the actual words you need to write as well! Now THAT would be really cool. Yeah, the more I think about it, I'd probably have to keep that one.) This typewriter features an awesome chrome with black accented carriage return lever - take a look at the left side and you will see it perched there, super shiny and ready to serve you. You will love ringing it's bell with it at the end of each line! In the middle of the type-bars, there is a crown symbol engraved on the chrome with a faceted red jewel inset in the middle and the mystical words, "Jeweled Escapement," accompanying it. While we have no idea what that means, it's plainly evident that you could rule the world with this typewriter and its royalty-enhanced powers!
Can't find an exact date on its serial number (6ELL295005H), but we believe it's probably either from the 60s or 70s. Besides this number, it also has the number "2 55" on the right side under the ribbon area. In excellent vintage condition, there is very little obvious damage or wear and most of it looks practically new with just a few minor scratches. It definitely needs a good interior cleaning, though, and the cord looks a bit rough with a small break beginning in the outer plastic, although nothing that goes all the way through - even what's started doesn't look like it will continue any further, but you could always employ some electrical tape if it's a concern. It is marked, "SCM Smith-Corona, Made in U.S.A." in nice blocky lettering on the back. It has a nice, reassuring, square, orange "on" light that lights up when plugged in and you turn the dial to the on position, and a wonderful, electric "hum" that makes you and everyone else around you absolutely certain that you are really working hard! Not like today's technology that's so quiet you don't even know if the thing is paying any attention to you or not. (And it's probably not, you know. Likely off doing it's own nasty partitioning or attending to some other sordid matter. Really, Mr. PC?! Can't you do your personal hygiene on your own time? I need you NOW. No, I DON'T agree that multi-tasking is really all that efficient. And I'm the one paying your electric bill. So pay attention!)
LOVE the industrial gray paint finish to this typewriter with office-appropriate beige keyboard background. Notice the fake granite detailing?! Priceless. This typewriter is in great vintage condition and would give your study or office a truly authentic vintage feel, without being too overbearing since it is the portable size rather than the humongous desk size. There are a few paint scratches, minor ones on the bottom front and some on the very back, but you wouldn't usually notice them because of their placement. Although smaller in stature since it's a portable, it is HEFTY, weighing in at almost 19 pounds! Shipping reasonably is tricky because of it, but we'll do our best to keep costs low for you. Approx. typewriter dimensions are 17" Wide x 12 1/2" Deep x 5 1/2" Tall. Although still a vintage typewriter, the fact that it's electric and not manual is an advantage because you don't have to hit the keys very hard to get them to respond to your marvelous mental meanderings. Good news: that saves you valuable finger strength for holding up all those cups of coffee that it's going to take to finish off Chapter 2!
If you plan to actually use this typewriter -- first of all, we think that would very cool -- and second of all, we can tell you that it appears to work fine (Dolly did a little typing of her own, as you can see; so kind of her to offer you a suggestion on what type of feedback you can leave after you make this sweet typewriter your own!), although we are not typewriter experts and cannot make any guarantees on this (or we'd have to raise the price to hire a typewriter expert to inspect and recondition it first). If you purchase this, you are agreeing to buy it "as is." If you plan to use it for your next novel, you will want to have it inspected, reconditioned, cleaned, and have the ribbon replaced which is evidently a fairly easy fix. At this price, what we CAN guarantee is that we've described its condition and functionality while it's in our possession accurately, and that it has amazing value in its history and design, even if it happened to quit working.
The typewriter keys are a beautiful black with white font, elegantly rounded, and all appear to be in super shape. Talk about your spacing options...you have a Half, Regular, and even a Power Space! Which to choose?! Sorry, you're on your own there, but we'll pray that you select the proper one for the proper purpose when necessary, and hope you are thankful for all the choices this little vintage gem provides for you. We hope you have just the perfect environment for this awesome retro Electra 120. Make it yours today!
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