Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Smith-Corona Coronet Automatic electric typewriter

The last typewriter that I found at this thrift store, only a few days ago, (waiting patiently to be documented) was listed under "Bric a Brac" on its price tag.
Have any of you seen colored Ko-Rec-Type strips before? Now I need to do some research and see if I can find any!
This manual includes instructions for changeable type, and more souped-up electric models with power- and half-space keys. Apparently the "Coronet" model as this one is more basic.

The rubber strip holding the power cord together is surprisingly intact; I've found that they're almost always split or missing.
NaNo Day #1 on Nov. 1st. My trashy/junky-but-serviceable Remington Quiet-Riter Eleven just happened to be sitting on my typing platform at the time, so it was pressed into service that day.
NaNo Day #2. James had installed the new desk on the right. I pulled out my Smith-Corona Silent Super for the next several days of transcribing.
And now...I have pulled my Royal Model 10 (which Richard Polt helped me clarify was actually made in 1930 instead of 1911 as I'd previously thought) out from the Airstream travel trailer, where it's resided these past few months for a nice change of pace. It's a wonderful typer!
Some folks think this classic SCM design is plain and even ugly, but I've always liked it.
Oh my goodness! An extra little piece of history, always welcomed.

I love these extra clues! I wonder if Mauna got this typewriter in the late '70s, when she may have gotten those Ko-Rec-Type samples?
As it turns out, the touch selector does not work. But I know where it is!

I am blessed with a new typewriter AND a new writing desk!
I just took the typewriter outside to the patio to see if it matches the other blues, and it really doesn't. James & I are vacillating back and forth about re-painting it. What do YOU think?


  1. I like the present color amongst all the other blues (which don't exactly match each other anyway) and find that, in thinking of Caribbean Waters, it adds a nice touch of sea-green. It definitely does not jar me and I like the accent-variety. Have Fun!
    == Michael Höhne

  2. That is a very nice typewriter. I am not into electrics, but who knows what may up in my collection, but the styling of that machine is very nice. Now I need to compare it to my Classic-12 machines (of which I cannot find any data on the serial numbers either).

    The blue looks fine. It fits right in with the present blues on and around your table.

    Your NaNo project sounds really interesting. Will you make it available to read?

    I love that writing space. It looks very inviting as well as inspirational.

    Your use of the cassette machine reminds me of when I worked in a typing pool and all typists were busy typing away listening to dictation and constantly pressing the footswitch under their desk to rewind and relisten.
    I did not type. The Xerox tech. and myself were technicians on call so when anything did not work there was no need to call and await the service man.

    1. Hi Bill,
      The NaNo project, if I end up publishing the novel someday, will be on sale at a bookstore near you! ;-)

      I'm finding that using the cassette machine is the most efficient way of rewinding just a sentence or two, rather than trying to manipulate a digital file, dragging the cursor over on a computer etc. or "rewinding" on a digital recorder such as the Zoom H2. I can press the Rewind button on my cassette for just an instant, and go back a few words in the interview, and then type it.

      Hopefully the various buttons on this old cassette recorder will hang in there!

  3. Just so you know, that writing space looks amazing! Very comfy-cozy... Also, all of that blue in the second to last picture reminds me of our house...and our blue tree!

    Thanks for the updates on Nano. I cannot wait to see how it turns out. I wrote a good bit last night...hey, wait a minute! What the hell am I doing on blogs! Gotta get back to writing!!

  4. Cameron, I have a transcription machine that has a foot pedal for pause & reverse (in addition to buttons that do the same). I got it new for my dissertation study and then only used it for a couple of months. Only catch, it uses "mini-cassettes" rather than the large, standard size. (One can still buy the cassettes.) If you're interested and willing to pay for shipping, I'd be happy to donate it to the cause of your and James' book. (YOu can reach me at dantes_wardrobe@yahoo.com )

  5. Anonymous7:36 AM

    I love the blue...it's like a slate blue, it would match my bathroom. :)

    I love that you used the words "good vibe" to describe it! I'm a big believer in vibes.

  6. I don't expect that power return is going to poop out on you, like you said: these things are close to indestructible.

  7. hey so random question but i can't find an answer to this ANYWHERE
    i have an electric smith-corona coronet 12 typewriter i just picked up from a yardsale and when i turned it on it worked fine, i got to type a few things but then all of a sudden it got stuck on the 'b' key and everytime i turn it on it types 'bbbbbbbb' until i shut it off. Do you know anything about this??

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  9. Hi! i have a smith-corona coronet automatic 12 and i dont know which button in the keyboard is the number 1.

  10. Top bank of keys, far left. Shift for exclamation point.

  11. I have a Coronet Electric 12 my mother bought new in Chicago. S/N is 6ELD-104437. Where can I go to get info on this machine?