Sears Citation Typewriter by Smith-Corona, 1969 w/case, ribbon: Works perfectly. For Sale
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Sears Citation Typewriter by Smith-Corona, 1969 w/case, ribbon: Works perfectly.:
First of all, apologies for the sexist pronouns in the quote I've used for the specimen type page. George Orwell was a brilliant guy, but he was a product of his generation. And his advice for writers was actually pretty good.
Here's a handsome portable typewriter, built for Sears by Smith-Corona in 1969. It's a "remasked" version of a highly successful line of typewriters from Smith-Corona. That is to say, the exterior bodywork is unique to Sears. Inside, the mechanicals are those of Smith-Corona's 6S portables (from a generation of machines introduced in 1959 and sold, with minor changes, into the 1970s).
This is a sturdy, full-featured home desktop machine in the 20-pound weight class, portable in the sense that you can pack it away when not in use -- definitely not in the category of lightweights suitable for junkets abroad or a walk to the local internet cafe.
I've gone through this typewriter carefully and have cleaned, lubricated and adjusted where needed. It now functions as new. Cosmetics are excellent, as the pictures show; in person, it's quite a good-looking machine. The typewriter's body color is ivory with a light brown metal base. My sense from looking at the mechanical works and the platen roller is that it's a low-mileage machine.
Most important is the impression on the typed page, which is clean and even and consistent. (I've included both a photo of the specimen in the typewriter, and a digital scan of the typed page for you to examine.) The type size is elite, 12 characters to the inch, the smaller of the two most common font sizes.
Collecting and working on typewriters has been a hobby for going on 40 years, and I tend to pounce on these Sears versions of the classic Smith-Corona machine. They're great typewriters, and I usually have the spare parts to make them right. This one is definitely right -- fitted with a fresh ink ribbon, snugged into a clean and sturdy metal carrying case.
Smith-Corona machines of this era -- that's what this is inside, never mind the Sears nameplate -- incorporate everything the company had learned about making a reliable typewriter with good ergonomics. The typist's experience is delightful. Among typewriter aficionados, Smith-Coronas from the 1950s and 1960s are on just about every short list of the best machines ever built for serious home use. You could simply display this vintage machine, but that would be a shame. It's ready for everything from thank-you notes, recipes and shopping lists to The Great American Novel, should you be so inclined.
Repetition for emphasis: Every feature of this typewriter works, right down to the chime of the end-of-line bell. No keys stick. Every lever and every control operates correctly. With this machine you've already paid for the servicing that you'll need -- believe me, you will -- after buying that "gee, I found this in Uncle's closet" typewriter that might seem like such a bargain here on .
(Going through, cleaning and fixing a vintage typewriter is never the same experience twice. I have a little collection of objects I've found packaged with, and even jammed into the nether workings of, these machines. Hidden beneath this typewriter, I found a Christmas shopping list from 1992 -- perhaps the last time it was used before going into storage. Among the items listed: "Cranberry dress for Samantha" and "The Rescuers videocassette." In other machines I've found coins, buttons, lots of paper clips for some reason, and most mysteriously of all -- a dental X-ray.)
Please review my seller response, which speaks to the service I have provided to so many buyers of vintage typewriters, and if this looks like the right machine for you I hope you will offer with complete confidence. Do be in touch if you have any questions about the condition, use or care of this typewriter.
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