Smith-Corona Classic 12 Typewriter


The Smith-Corona Classic 12 portable typewriter was manufactured by Smith Corona Marchant during the 1960s. The typewriter came in a carrying case and was billed as “The World’s Most Advanced Standard Portable Typewriters.” It is an electric typewriter with a manual carriage return. The Classic 12 had a 12-inch carriage, with a “half space” and “power space” key, as well as a touch selector to toggle between light, medium, and heavy key strikers.

The success of the Standard Typewriter Company’s Corona model typewriter prompted the company to change its named to the Corona Typewriting Company in 1914. In 1926 the company joined with the L. C. Smith & Brothers Typewriting company to become Smith-Corona. Smith-Corona manufactured typewriters and typewriter accessories throughout the 20th century, becoming Smith Corona Marchant in 1958. After two bankruptcies, Smith-Corona returned to operation in 2010 as a thermal paper manufacturing company.

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1994.0189.01Catalog Number: 1994.0189.01Accession Number: 1994.0189

Object Name: typewriter, portable, smith-corona

Measurements: overall: 4 in x 13 in x 17 1/4 in; 10.16 cm x 33.02 cm x 43.815 cm


Record Id: nmah_1180653

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