Smith-Corona Classic 12 Typewriter

Smith-Corona Classic 12 Typewriter

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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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typewriter, portable, smith-corona
overall: 4 in x 13 in x 17 1/4 in; 10.16 cm x 33.02 cm x 43.815 cm
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My Smith-Corona Classic 12 was purchased new in about 1978. Pretty sure it was still being manufactured through at least the 1970's. And as other's have commented, the Classic 12 was 100% manual. All the tricky stuff was done with levers and springs, no cord required.
The Smith-Corona Coronet Automatic 12 typewriter that I have is an electric typewriter with manual typewriter features.
I bought one new in 1968 as a UCLA undergrad, and I still have it. Mine is probably one of the last doctoral theses typed on a manual typewriter (Dec. 1978) I selected the Classic 12 because of the extra-wide 12" platen that could accommodate either 11x17 computer paper or 8.5x11 paper sideways, and because of the two changeable type keys, which support the mathematical symbols I needed, as a physics major. When I bought it I had the fixed 1/4 / 1/2 key replaced with +/=, so that I would not have to tie up a changeable type key with +/=, which I use/used a lot. I still like it for things like envelope addressing, and my wife had me show it to our younger grandson when she was reading him a kids' book, "Click, clack,moo, cows that type."
This is a robust typewriter with easily accessible and easy-to-use functionalities i.e. setting the tabs, half-spacing, ribbon color switching. It is also an aesthetically beautiful machine (particularly the vibrancy of the blue version; and the aluminum carriage knobs). However, the description is incorrect in that this is not an electric machine; it is a full manual machine.
I had one for years ( blie and white) and used it daily ( 2004- 2011) until it got dropped. It was one of the fastest typewriters made. The cupped keys are very easy on the fingertips for long term use. I just found another at the Goodwill. I usedvto know an office supply store with a good suppybof fresh ribbons.
I have one that's never been used it's in the box it's with all the paperwork as though it has stood the test of time I got it through in a estate with my aunt it even has the ribbons that are still in plastic it has all the literature it has the shipping emblem on the inside of the case my question is would it be worth keeping or getting rid of. I have never seen something so well preserved about sixty years and the warranty and information is in a little plastic bag underneath the typewriter itself amazing
"I actually own a Smith-Corona Classic 12. I was lucky enough to find one at an antique store a few years ago and have used it many times since. It's an amazing little portable typewriter. It is, however, not at all electric. There is no power source for it. You just take it out of the case (or leave it in, if that suits your fancy), roll in some paper and start typing. This mentions the half space and power space functions, but one thing I really like is the tab function, which allows you to set and clear your own tabs and then use the button to go from one to the next."
I have a smith-corona and am very pleased with how it has held up since it manufacturing date
It's not an automiatic depending on what vesion of the typewriter that you have.
"This is not "an electric typewriter with a manual carriage return. " It is completely manual. Later models (such as the Smith-Corona Electra 110) were electric typewriters with manual carriage return. This have an on-off switch in the lower right part of the keyboard. It is clear from your picture, and from any description of the Classic 12, that it was not electric. "

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